Peter Carleton (September 19, 1755 – April 29, 1828) was an American politician, a farmer, and a United States Representative from New Hampshire.

Peter Carleton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's at-large district
In office
March 4, 1807 – March 3, 1809
Preceded bySilas Betton
Succeeded byDaniel Blaisdell
Member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1755-09-19)September 19, 1755
Haverhill, Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
DiedApril 29, 1828(1828-04-29) (aged 72)
Landaff, Grafton County
New Hampshire, USA
Resting placeLandaff Center Cemetery
Landaff, Grafton County
New Hampshire
Political partyDemocratic-Republican
Spouse(s)Abigail Haseltine Carleton
Azubah Taylor Carleton
ChildrenPrisilla Carleton
Frederick Carleton
Edward Carleton
Zalinda Carleton
George Carleton
John Carleton
Louise Carleton
George Carleton
Mary Carleton
James Carleton
Hannah Carleton
ParentsPeter Carleton
Hanna Gage Carleton
Military service
AllegianceUnited States United States of America
Branch/serviceContinental Army
RankSergeant Major
Battles/warsAmerican Revolutionary War
Bemis Heights

Early lifeEdit

Born in Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts, Carleton attended the public schools and engaged in agricultural pursuits. During the American Revolutionary War, he enlisted in January 1777 in Massachusetts, and served under Capt. John Blanchard and Col. James Wesson. He held the rank of Sergeant Major and served until 31 December 1779, when he was discharged at West Point, New York. During his service, he was in the battles of Bemis Heights and Stillwater.


Carleton moved to Landaff Grafton County, New Hampshire, about 1789. He was a member of the New Hampshire constitutional convention in 1790. In 1803 the Coos Bank of Haverhill was chartered. One of the incorporators,[1] he was also a director of the bank. A member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 1803 and 1804, he then served in the New Hampshire Senate in 1806 and 1807.

Elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Tenth Congress, Carleton served as United States Representative for New Hampshire[2] from (March 4, 1807 – March 3, 1809).


Carleton died in Landaff, New Hampshire on April 29, 1828 (age 72 years, 223 days); and is interred at Landaff Center Cemetery, Landaff, Grafton County, New Hampshire.

Family lifeEdit

Son of Peter and Hanna Gage, Carleton married Abigail Haseltine on January 6, 1782, and they had seven children, Prisilla, Frederick, Edward, Zalinda, George, John, and Louise. He married Azubah Taylor on March 8, 1801 in Bath, Grafton County, New Hampshire; and they had five children, George, Mary, James, Hannah, and Carleton. He applied for a pension on April 9, 1818 for his service during the Revolutionary war and the pension was allowed.[3]


  1. ^ "Peter Carleton". The Granite Monthly, 1927. Retrieved 6 July 2014.
  2. ^ Capace, Nancy. Encyclopedia of New Hampshire. North American Book Dist LLC, Jan 1, 2001 - New Hampshire. p. 394. Retrieved 6 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Peter Carleton". 2014 Retrieved 6 July 2014.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Silas Betton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's at-large congressional district

Succeeded by
Daniel Blaisdell