John Samuel PETERS


The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume IIV

PETERS, John Samuel, governor of Connecticut, was born in Hebron, Conn., Sept. 21, 1772; son of Beneslie and Ann (Shipman) Peters; grandson of William Peters, and a descendant of William Peters, son of Lord Peters of England, who immigrated to America with his brothers Thomas and Hugh, and settled in Meriden, Mass. Beneslie Peters in company with other loyalists sailed to England in 1777, and after residing there for a time secured a large tract of land in Upper Canada, where he settled with his family. John worked on a farm, attended the district schools, and in 1790 began to teach school in Hebron. He studied medicine under Dr. Benjamin Peters of Marbletown, N.Y., for six months and then under Dr. Abner Mosely of Glastonbury, Conn.; in 1796 attended lectures in Philadelphia, Pa., and practised in Hebron, 1797-1837. He was town clerk for twenty years, judge of probate for the district of Hebron, and frequently a member of the state legislature. He received the votes of one branch of the state legislature in 1824, when Calvin Willey was elected; was lieutenant-governor of Connecticut, 1827-31, and governer of the state, 1831-33. He was a fellow of the Tolland County Medical society; treasurer, vice-president and president of the State Medical society, and received the honorary degree of M.D. from Yale in 1818, and LL.D. from Trinity in 1831. He died in Hebron, Conn., March 30, 1857.

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