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John Samuel Peters

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John Samuel Peters September 21, 1772 – March 30, 1858 was an American politician, a Whig and the 26th Governor of Connecticut


  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Death and legacy
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


Peters was born in Hebron, Connecticut on September 21, 1772, son of Beneslie and Ann Shipman Peters He worked on a farm, attended the district schools, taught school in Hebron in 1790, studied medicine under Dr Benjamin Peters of Marbletown, NY, for six months and then under Dr Abner Mosely of Glastonbury, Conn; in 1796 attended lectures in Philadelphia, Pa, and practised in Hebron, from 1797 to 1837 He never married1


Peters 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 In 1810 he was elected to in the Connecticut House of Representatives and was re-elected in 1816 and 1817 He was a member of Connecticut Council of Assistants in 1818 He served in the Connecticut Senate from 1818 to 1823, and was a member of Connecticut House of Representatives from Hebron from 1824 to 18252

Peters became the 11th Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut in 1827 He became the Governor of Connecticut in March 1831, when Governor Tomlinson resigned from office He was nominated and elected the Governor of Connecticut later in March 1831, and was re-elected to a second term in 1832 During his term, Connecticut's first railroads were authorized and private enterprise was promoted He also advocated internal and educational improvements, but he was unsuccessful in securing the appropriate funding He left office in 1833, after an unsuccessful re-election bid3 He was a delegate to the Whig National Convention from Connecticut in 1839, and was the Convention Vice-President

Death and legacyedit

Peters died on March 30, 1858 age 85 years, 190 days He is interred at St Peter's Episcopal Cemetery, Hebron, Connecticut His large stone monument includes a bust of the governor4 He was a fellow of the Tolland County Medical society; treasurer, vice-president and president of the State Medical society, and vice president of the Connecticut Historical Society He received the honorary degree of MD from Yale in 1818, and LLD from Trinity in 18315 He was the nephew of clergyman Samuel Peters and the cousin of Connecticut Supreme Court Justice, John Thompson Peterscitation needed


  1. ^ "John Samuel Peters" Connecticut State Library Archived from the original on 18 March 2014 Retrieved 26 November 2012 
  2. ^ "John Samuel Peters" The Political Graveyard Retrieved 26 November 2012 
  3. ^ "John Samuel Peters" National Governors Association Retrieved 26 November 2012 
  4. ^ "John Samuel Peters" Connecticut State Library Archived from the original on 18 March 2014 Retrieved 26 November 2012 
  5. ^ "John Samuel Peters" Ancestrycom Retrieved 26 November 2012 

External linksedit

  • Sobel, Robert and John Raimo Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789–1978 Greenwood Press, 1988 ISBN 0-313-28093-2
  • Ancestrycom
  • National Governors Association
  • The Political Graveyard
  • Connecticut State Library

Political offices
Preceded by
David Plant
Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by
Thaddeus Betts
Preceded by
Oliver Wolcott, Jr
Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by
Henry W Edwards

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