Peter Hitchcock

Peter Hitchcock (* October 19, 1781 in Cheshire, Connecticut, † March 4, 1853 in Painesville, Ohio) was an American lawyer and politician. Between 1817 and 1819 he represented the State of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Peter Hitchcock received a classical education and then studied until 1801 at Yale College. After a subsequent law degree in 1804 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he started in Cheshire to work in this profession. In 1806 he moved to the Geauga County, Ohio. Politically, he was a member of the Democratic- Republican Party. In 1810 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Ohio; 1812-1815 he was a member of the State Senate, which he was president in 1815. He was also active in the state militia, in which he reached the rank of major general in 1816.

In the congressional elections of 1816 Hitchcock was in the sixth electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of David Clendenin on March 4, 1817. Since he resigned in 1818 to further candidacy, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1819. Between 1819 and 1832 Hitchcock was a judge at the Supreme Court of Ohio. At times, he served as Chief Judge of this. From 1833 to 1834 he was again a member of the State Senate; in 1850 he took part in a constitutional convention of the State of Ohio as a delegate.

Peter Hitchcock died on March 4, 1853 in Painesville. He was married since 1805 with Nabbe Cook ( 1784-1867 ), with whom he had ten children. His nephew Seabury Ford (1801-1855) was governor of Ohio.