Lewis P. Dayton
Portrait of Lewis P. Dayton
31st Mayor of Buffalo, New York
In office
Preceded byAlexander Brush
Succeeded byPhilip Becker
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the Erie County, 3rd district
In office
January 1, 1868 – December 31, 1868
Preceded byRoswell L. Burrows
Succeeded byJames A. Chase
Personal details
Eden, New York
Died(1900-05-14)May 14, 1900
Buffalo, New York
Political partyDemocratic
Grace Webster Holley
(m. 1846; died 1865)

Mrs. Alice Maud Hayes
(died 1873)

Margaret Vogt
(m. 1892; his death 1900)
Residence(s)Dayton House
Alma materGeneva Medical College

Lewis P. Dayton (1821 – May 14, 1900) was Mayor of the City of Buffalo, New York, serving from 1874 to 1875.[1]

Early life

Dayton was born at Eden, New York on the family farm in 1821. He was one of nine children born to John G. Dayton and Hannah B. Dayton.[2]

He studied medicine in the office of Dr. Timothy T. Lockwood and moved to Buffalo. He graduated in 1846 from the Geneva Medical College, in Geneva, New York.[2]


He returned to Buffalo as a physician in the Black Rock section.[2]

He was first elected an alderman from the 12th Ward in 1855. He was Erie County Clerk from 1865 to 1867. He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Erie Co., 3rd D.) in 1868. In 1868, Dayton was appointed to the first Board of Park Commissioners and was chosen health physician for the City in 1871. On November 4, 1873, Dayton was elected mayor as the Democratic candidate. He did not seek a second term and retired to his private medical practice.

Personal life

Around 1846, he married Grace Webster Holley (1828–1865), who died at a young age. Dayton first remarried Mrs. Alice Maud Hayes (1842–1873), who died about a year after their marriage, then in 1892, he married Margaret Vogt (1855–1930).[3] He was the father of four children, including:

He died on May 14, 1900, and was buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery His brain was preserved in alcohol, possibly for medical research.[3]

The Dayton House that Lewis P. Dayton lived in while residing in Black Rock, is located at 243 Dearborn Street. This home was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2011.[4]


  1. ^ Rizzo, Michael (2005). Through The Mayors' Eyes. Lulu. p. 424. ISBN 978-1-4116-3757-3.
  2. ^ a b c "Dr. Lewis P. Dayton – Olmsted In Buffalo". olmstedinbuffalo.com. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Lewis P. Dayton". Through The Mayor's Eyes, The Only Complete History of the Mayor's of Buffalo, New York, Compiled by Michael Rizzo. The Buffalonian is produced by The Peoples History Union. 2009-05-27.
  4. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 11/07/11 through 11/10/11. National Park Service. 2011-11-18.
New York State Assembly Preceded byRoswell L. Burrows New York State Assembly Erie County, 3rd District 1868 Succeeded byJames A. Chase Political offices Preceded byAlexander Brush Mayor of Buffalo, NY 1874–1875 Succeeded byPhilip Becker