Peter V. Daniel Jr. was a railroad executive. Born in Henrico County, he was the son of, a longtime member of the Council of State and later an , and the grandson of Edmund Randolph, the Virginia governor and and secretary of state under . Daniel was privately educated and studied civil engineering and law. In 1853 he became president of the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad Company and seven years later of the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad Company. During the (1861–1865), Daniel struggled to keep the strategically important railroad, which connected Washington, D.C., and , running. The company suffered but remained afloat after the war, and in 1871 Daniel also became president of the Potomac Railroad Company. Daniel died in Richmond in 1889.