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Peter H. Dominick
|United States Ambassador to Switzerland|
April 25, 1975 - July 10, 1975
|Shelby Cullom Davis|
|United States Senator|
January 3, 1963 - January 3, 1975
|John A. Carroll|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Colorado's 2nd district
January 3, 1961 - January 3, 1963
Peter Hoyt Dominick
July 7, 1915
Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.
|Died||March 18, 1981 (aged 65)|
Hobe Sound, Florida, U.S.
|Education||Yale University (BA, LLB)|
|Branch/service||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.
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%. Dominick voted in favor of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1968, as well as the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the confirmation of Thurgood Marshall to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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.
Already a competent pilot, Peter Dominick solicited service with the US Air Corp. on Dec, 9th, 1941. Unbeknownst to even his family, Dominick had kept a meticulous journal of the entirety of his service during the war. Chronicling his flying over the Himalayas, or what pilots called "The Hump" or "The Aluminum Trail", the journal was discovered by his children and published by youngest Son, Alexander Dominick, in 2018.
|U.S. 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
| Chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee
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