Peterson, Henry William "Bill"
Category: Politics, Public Service
H.W. "Bill" Peterson was born in Delaware in 1831, later settling in Waterloo and then Guelph with his parents when his father was appointed as Registrar of Wellington County. After graduation from law school in Toronto, he served as a barrister in partnership with Andrew Lemon. He played many roles during his long career in Guelph, including County Crown Attorney, Board of Education Trustee, town councillor and Mayor of Guelph in 1863.
He built a stately residence south of the river called Ulmenwald (now demolished) where he and his wife Emma Grange (daughter of Sherrif Grange) raised six children. Peterson and his wife later had the distinction of being on the first Parliamentary divorces in post-Confederation Canada. He died in 1913.