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John Barney PETERSON

(1850-1944)

PETERSON, John Barney, (cousin of Horatio Clifford Claypool and Harold Kile Claypool), a Representative from Indiana; born near Lowell, Lake County, Ind., July 4, 1850; attended the public schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1870 and commenced practice in Crown Point, Lake County, Ind.; prosecuting attorney of the thirty-first judicial circuit 1880-1884; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-third Congress (March 4, 1913-March 3, 1915); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1914 to the Sixty-fourth Congress; resumed the practice of law in Crown Point, Ind.; also engaged in banking and served as president of the Commercial Bank, Crown Point, Ind., and of the First Calumet Trust & Savings Bank of East Chicago, Ind., until 1939, when he retired; died in Crown Point, Ind., July 16, 1944; interment in Maplewood Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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