Baynton, Peter (1754-1821)

Philadelphia merchant and public official.

Postmaster of Philadelphia (1776-82). Mason (1783). Commissioner of Bankruptcy. Clerk of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1792-97). Opened a real estate office in Philadelphia (1795). Treasurer of Pennsylvania (1797-1801). Adjutant general of the Pennsylvania militia (1799-1800).

Son of John and Elizabeth (Chevalier) Baynton of Philadelphia. Married Elizabeth Bullock (1780).

First letter in correspondence: October 13, 1788; W. A. Newman Dorland, “The Second Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry,” PMHB, xlviii (1924), 282-3; Pa. Gaz., January 4, 1792, July 1, 1795.