Peter A. Peyser

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Peter A. Peyser

Peter A. Peyser (born September 7, 1921 in Cedarhurst , New York , † October 9, 2014 in Irvington , New York) was an American politician . From 1971 to 1977 and from 1979 to 1983 he represented New York State in the US House of Representatives .


Peyser was born in Nassau County in 1921 . He attended the public schools in Cedarhurst and New York City . In 1939 he graduated from Dwight Preparatory School . He made his Bachelor of Arts in 1943 at Colgate University in Hamilton . His student days were overshadowed by the Second World War . In 1943 he therefore enlisted as a private in the US Army and served in the European theater of war. He was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division , which was later part of the occupation forces in the German Reich . In 1946 he left the US Army. He joined the 7th  Regiment of the New York National Guard as a second lieutenant . He later received a promotion to captain . Between 1956 and 1970 he worked as a manager for an insurance agency in White Plains and New York City. He was elected Mayor of Irvington, New York in 1963 and was re-elected in 1965, 1967 and 1969. Politically, he was a member of the Republican Party at that time .

In the 1970 congressional election for the 92nd Congress , Peyser was elected to the US House of Representatives in Washington, DC , in the 25th  constituency of New York , where he succeeded Richard Ottinger on January 3, 1971 . In 1972 he ran for the 93rd Congress in the 23rd constituency of New York . After a successful election, he succeeded Jonathan Brewster Bingham on January 3, 1973 . He was re-elected once. Since he on a run again in 1976 renounced, he retired after January 3, 1977 from the Congress of. Instead, he ran unsuccessfully for nomination for the US Senate in 1976 .

After his time at the Congress, he worked as an independent pension advisor. In April 1977 he joined the Democratic Party . In the congressional elections of 1978 he was elected to the 96th Congress , where he succeeded Bruce Faulkner Caputo on January 3, 1979 . He was re-elected once. When he ran again in 1982 , he suffered a defeat and resigned from Congress on January 3, 1983.

After that he was Vice President of Landauer Advisors - a real estate consultancy. His daughter Penny Peyser works as an actress, producer and director.

Peyser died on October 9, 2014 at the age of 93 at his Irvington home of complications from Parkinson's disease .

Web links

  • Peter A. Peyser in the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress (English)

Individual evidence

  1. Douglas Martin: Peter A. Peyser, Congressman From Westchester, Dies at 93. Obituary in The New York Times, October 9, 2014 (accessed October 9, 2014).
predecessor Office successor
Richard Ottinger United States House Representative for New York (25th constituency)
January 3, 1971 - January 3, 1973
Hamilton Fish
Jonathan Brewster Bingham United States House of Representatives for New York (23rd constituency)
January 3, 1973 - January 3, 1977
Bruce Faulkner Caputo
Bruce Faulkner Caputo United States House of Representatives for New York (23rd constituency)
January 3, 1979 - January 3, 1983
Samuel S. Stratton