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William Peters

Birthplace: Liverpool, Merseyside, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Son of Raplh Peters and Mary Peters
Husband of Mary Peters/Kite
Ex-husband of Elizabeth Peters
Father of Richard Peters, Jr.; Mary Peters; Ralph Peters, Jr and Thomas Peters
Brother of Rev. Richard Peters and Esther Peters

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About William Peters

William Peters (1702–1786) was a prominent figure in Philadelphia in the colonial and revolutionary era.

He was born in Liverpool, England, and went to America in 1739, four years after his younger brother, Reverend Richard Peters. He was a lawyer and served as judge of the courts of common pleas, quarter sessions, and orphans' court. When the revolution was beginning, he sided with the Whigs, befriending George Washington, von Steuben, James Madison and Benjamin Franklin.

His 1745 home, the Belmont Mansion, still stands in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park.

His son, Richard Peters, Jr. (the junior to distinguish him from his famous uncle), was also a lawyer and represented Pennsylvania in the Continental Congress.

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William Peters's Timeline

Liverpool, Merseyside, England, United Kingdom
June 22, 1744
Age 42
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
December 16, 1750
Age 48
Age 84