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Peter R. Livingston

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Peter Robert Livingston
Member of the New York State Assembly
In office
January 1, 1823 – December 31, 1823
Member of the New York State Senate
In office
January 1, 1826 – December 31, 1829
Preceded byStephen Thorn
Succeeded byNathaniel P. Tallmadge
In office
July 1, 1815 – December 31, 1822
Preceded byNathan Sanford
Acting Lieutenant Governor of New York
In office
February 11, 1828 – October 17, 1828
GovernorNathaniel Pitcher
Preceded byNathaniel Pitcher
Succeeded byCharles Dayan
Speaker of the New York State Assembly
In office
January 1, 1823 – December 31, 1823
Preceded bySamuel B. Romaine
Succeeded byRichard Goodell
Personal details
Born(1769-04-10)April 10, 1769
Rhinebeck, Province of New York
DiedJanuary 19, 1847(1847-01-19) (aged 80)
Rhinebeck, New York
Political partyDemocratic-Republican Bucktails
SpouseJoanna Livingston
RelationsMaturin Livingston (brother)
William Smith (grandfather)
Robert Livingston (brother-in-law)
Edward Livingston (brother-in-law)
Parent(s)Robert James Livingston
Susanna Smith

Peter Robert Livingston (October 3, 1766 – January 19, 1847 Rhinebeck, New York) was an American politician who served as Acting Lieutenant Governor of New York from February to October 1828.[1]

Early life

Peter Robert Livingston was born on October 3, 1766, in New York City. He was the son of Robert James Livingston (1725–1771) and Susanna (née Smith) Livingston (1729–1791), daughter of Chief Justice William Smith (1728–1793).[2] His brothers were Col. William Smith Livingston (1755–1795)[3] and Judge Maturin Livingston (1769–1847).[4] They were among the many great-grandchildren of Robert Livingston the Younger (1663–1725), through their grandfather, James Livingston (1701–1763), Younger's eldest son.[5][6]


Livingston practiced law.[7] His nephew, Francis Armstrong Livingston (1795–1830), lived with him in Rhinebeck, where Francis had a law office, and until Francis' wedding to Emma Charlotte Kissam in 1817.[4]

He was a member of the New York State Senate (Southern D.) from 1815 to 1822, sitting in the 39th, 40th, 41st, 42nd, 43rd, 44th and 45th New York State Legislatures.[8][9]

In 1823, he was a member of the New York State Assembly for Dutchess County,[8] and was elected Speaker as a Democratic-Republican/Bucktail, with 117 votes out of 123.[9]

From 1826 to 1829, he was again a member of the State Senate (2nd D.), sitting in the 49th, 50th, 51st and 52nd New York State Legislatures.[8]

In 1828, when Lieutenant Governor Nathaniel Pitcher succeeded to the governorship after the death of Gov. DeWitt Clinton, Livingston was elected President pro tempore of the State Senate and became Acting Lieutenant Governor of New York.[8]

He was a delegate to the Whig National Convention from New York in 1839 where he served as Convention Vice-president.[8]

Personal life

He married his cousin, Joanna Livingston (1759–1827), the ninth child of Judge Robert Livingston (1718–1775) and Margaret (née Beekman) Livingston (1724–1800). She was the sister of Chancellor Robert R. Livingston (1746–1813), a member of the Committee of Five that drafted the Declaration of Independence, and Edward Livingston (1764-1836), a U.S. Senator and the 11th U.S. Secretary of State. They had no children.[4]

He was originally buried at the Dutch Reformed Church in Rhinebeck, but later reinterred at an unknown location.


  1. ^ "Peter R. Livingston". The New York Society Library. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  2. ^ Wardell, Pat (October 2010). "Early Bergen County Families" (PDF). The Genealogical Society of Bergen County. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 February 2020. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  3. ^ In 1774, William Smith Livingston married Catherine Lott (d. 1823), daughter of Abraham and Gertrude (Coeymans) Lott. They had 4 children: (1) Caroline Livingston (1790–1869) who married George Davidson, of the British Army (2) Louisa Livingston, who married Archibald Turner, of Newark, New Jersey, (3) William Livingston, died unmarried in England, and (4) Francis Armstrong Livingston.
  4. ^ a b c Reynolds, Cuyler (1914). Genealogical and Family History of Southern New York and the Hudson River Valley: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Building of a Nation. Lewis Historical Publishing Company. p. 1338. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  5. ^ Lamb, Martha Joanna; Harrison, Mrs Burton (1896). History of the City of New York: History of the city of New York : externals of modern New York. A. S. Barnes. p. 547. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Livingston, Peter R. (1766–1847)". NYPL Digital Collections. The New York Public Library. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Peter R. Livingston (1766-1847)". New-York Historical Society. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  8. ^ a b c d e Rosenblatt, Albert M. (7 July 2005). "Dutchess County Legal History" (PDF). The Historical Society of the New York Courts. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  9. ^ a b Hough, A.M., M.D., Franklin B. (1858). The New York civil list: containing the names and origin of the civil divisions, and the names and dates of election or appointment of the principal state and county officers from the Revolution to the present time. Albany: Weed, Parsons and Co., Publishers. Retrieved 15 June 2017.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
Political offices
Preceded by Speaker of the
New York State Assembly

Succeeded by
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Stephen Thorn
New York State Senate
Second District (Class 3)

Succeeded by
Preceded by Lieutenant Governor of New York

Succeeded by
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