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Richard PETERS, Jr.

(1744-1828)

PETERS, Richard, Jr., a Delegate from Pennsylvania; born near Philadelphia, Pa., June 22, 1744; was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia in 1761; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Philadelphia; register of the admiralty from 1771 until the Revolution; entered the Revolutionary Army and served as captain in 1771; served as secretary of the Continental Board of War from June 13, 1776, to June 8, 1781; Member of the Continental Congress in 1782 and 1783; member of the state assembly 1787-1790 and served as speaker; served in the state senate in 1791 and was speaker; judge of the district court of Pennsylvania 1792-1828; died in Philadelphia, Pa., August 22, 1828; interment in St. Peter’s Churchyard.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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