|United States Ambassador to Switzerland|
April 25, 1975 – July 10, 1975
|Preceded by||Shelby Cullom Davis|
|Succeeded by||Nathaniel Davis|
|United States Senator|
January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1975
|Preceded by||John A. Carroll|
|Succeeded by||Gary Hart|
|Member of the United States House of Representatives|
January 3, 1961 – January 3, 1963
|Preceded by||Byron L. Johnson|
|Succeeded by||Donald G. Brotzman|
|Born||Peter Hoyt Dominick|
July 7, 1915
Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.
|Died||March 18, 1981 (aged 65)|
Hobe Sound, Florida, U.S.
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1942–1945|
|Unit||United States Army Air Corps|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Peter Hoyt Dominick (July 7, 1915 – March 18, 1981) was an American diplomat, politician and lawyer from Colorado. A member of the Republican Party, he served in the United States Senate from 1963 to 1975. His uncle, Howard Alexander Smith, was a U.S. Senator from New Jersey from 1944 to 1959.
Life and career
Born in Stamford, Connecticut, Dominick graduated from St. Mark's School in 1933, from Yale University in 1937 as a member of Scroll and Key, and Yale Law School in 1940. He practiced law in New York City from 1940 until 1942, when he entered the United States Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet at the outset of American fighting in World War II. He served until his separation from military service in 1945, as a captain. He briefly recommenced his legal practice in New York City in 1946, before moving that same year to Denver, Colorado, where he continued to practice.
Dominick entered politics when he was elected as a Republican to the Colorado House of Representatives, where he served from 1957 to 1961. In 1960, he made a successful run for the United States House of Representatives, defeating incumbent freshman Democrat Byron L. Johnson, and he abandoned his law career in 1961. After a single term in the House of Representatives, Dominick was elected to the United States Senate, defeating one-term incumbent Democrat John A. Carroll, 53.6% to 45.6%. He was reelected in 1968 over Stephen L. R. McNichols, a former Governor of Colorado, 58.6% to 41.5%.
Senator Dominick served as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee in the 92nd Congress from 1971 to 1973. In a good election year for Democrats, Dominick was defeated for a third term in 1974 by Gary Hart, 57.2% to 39.5%. After leaving the Senate at the end of his term in 1975, he was appointed Ambassador to Switzerland by President Gerald Ford, but served only briefly. He resided in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado until his death at Hobe Sound, Florida, on March 18, 1981. Senator Dominick's body was interred in Fairmount Cemetery, Denver.
- Peter H. Dominick at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Retrieved on 2008-01-25
- Peter H. Dominick at Find a Grave
- Guide to the Peter H. Dominick Papers at the University of Denver Retrieved 2014-09-26.
|United States House of Representatives|
Byron L. Johnson
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 2nd congressional district
Donald G. Brotzman
|Party political offices|
Daniel I.J. Thornton
|Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Colorado
1962, 1968, 1974
Mary E. Buchanan
|Response to the State of the Union address
Served alongside: Howard Baker, George H. W. Bush, Gerald Ford, Robert Griffin, Mel Laird, Bob Mathias, George Murphy, Chuck Percy, Dick Poff, Al Quie, Charlotte Reid, Hugh Scott, Bill Steiger, John Tower
Title next held byDonald Fraser, Scoop Jackson, Mike Mansfield, John McCormack, Patsy Mink, Ed Muskie, Bill Proxmire
|Chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee
|United States Senate|
John A. Carroll
|U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Colorado
Served alongside: Gordon L. Allott, Floyd K. Haskell
Shelby Cullom Davis
|United States Ambassador to Switzerland
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