HOUSE, 63rd and 64th General Assemblies, 1923-27; representing Montgomery
County; Democrat. Born near Clarksville, Montgomery County, May 20, 1860;
son of James E. and Catherine (Priestly) Peterson. Attended “common schools”
of Montgomery County. Never married. Engaged in farming; lived his ninety-three
years in the house in which born. Director in First Trust and Savings Bank,
Clarksville. Chairman, Montgomery County Revenue Board; food administrator
for county during World War I. Member Baptist Church, serving as superintendent
of Sunday thirty-five years; Knights of Pythias; Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, serving on board of trustees of Odd Fellows Home; member Chamber
of Commerce; advisory board Easter Dark Fired Tobacco Growers Assn; one
of incorporators of State Farm Bureau; first president Montgomery County
Farm Bureau. Died at home in Montgomery County, Apr 21, 1954; buried in
Greenwood Cemetery, Clarksville.
Sources: Clarksville Star, Apr 11, 1930; Dec 11, 1931; Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle, Apr 21, 1954; TN Vital Statistics, Death Certificate No. 8290; Beach, Along the Warioto, 317.
Biographies submitted by Jill Hastings-Johnson, Montgomery County Archivist