Peter Gerry

Peter G. Gerry
United States Senator
from Rhode Island
In office
1917–1929; 1935–1947
Preceded by Henry F. Lippitt (first term)
Felix Hebert (second term)
Succeeded by Felix Hebert (first term)
James H. McGrath (second term)
Personal details
Born (1879-09-18)September 18, 1879
New York City, New York
Died October 31, 1957(1957-10-31) (aged 78)
Providence, Rhode Island
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mathilde Townsend, Edith Stuyvesant Vanderbilt
Profession Attorney

Peter Goelet Gerry (September 18, 1879 – October 31, 1957) was an American lawyer and politician. He was a U.S. Senator from Rhode Island.

Early life

Gerry was born in New York City, the son of Elbridge Thomas Gerry (1837–1927) and Louisa Matilda Livingston Gerry (1836–1920), and the great grandson of Elbridge Gerry (1744–1814), the fifth Vice President of the United States (who had given his name to the term gerrymandering).

In the summer of 1899, Gerry and his brother Robert were George Washington Vanderbilt II (1862–1914).

Political career

Gerry was elected to the United States House of Representatives for Rhode Island's 2nd District as a Democrat from 1913 to 1915. He was an unsuccessful candidate for re-election in 1914 but he was elected to the United States Senate in 1916 and served from 1917 to 1929. From 1919 to 1929, Gerry was the Democratic Whip. He has been described as a Wilsonian Moralist. In 1928 he was an unsuccessful candidate for re-election, but in 1934 he was again elected to the U.S Senate over the man who had defeated him six years earlier and served until 1947. He was not a candidate for re-election in 1946.

Gerry died on October 31, 1957 and was buried at St James Cemetery, Hyde Park, New York.

External links

  • Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  • Schlup, Leonard, "Wilsonian Moralist: Senator Peter G. Gerry and the Crusade for the League of Nations," Rhode Island History 58 (February 2000)
  • The Diary of William Lyon Mackenzie King
  • References to Peter Gerry and Robert Gerry in Mackenzie King diary

Preceded by
George H. Utter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Walter Russell Stiness
Preceded by
Henry F. Lippitt
United States Senator (Class 1) from Rhode Island
Served alongside: LeBaron B. Colt, Jesse H. Metcalf
Succeeded by
Felix Hebert
Preceded by
Felix Hebert
United States Senator (Class 1) from Rhode Island
Served alongside: Jesse H. Metcalf, Theodore F. Green
Succeeded by
James H. McGrath


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