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Hugh Peterson (August 21, 1898 – October 3, 1961) was a U.S.marker political figure and lawyer from the state of Georgiamarker.

Peterson was born near Aileymarker, Georgiamarker in 1898 and attended the Brewton Parker Institute in Mount Vernon, Georgiamarker and the University of Georgiamarker in Athensmarker. He studied law, gained admission to the state bar in 1921 and began the practice of law in Mount Vernon. In 1922, Peterson served as the Mayor.

From 1923 through 1931, Peterson served in the Georgia House of Representatives. In 1931, he became a state Senator and served in that position until 1932. In 1934, Peterson was elected to the 74th United States Congress as a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing Georgia's 1st congressional district. He served five additional terms in that seat until losing his re-election campaign in 1946.

After his congressional service, Peterson returned to Ailey to practice law. He died on October 3, 1961, in Sylva, North Carolinamarker and was buried in the Peterson family plot in Ailey.


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