Peters, Richard, 1744-1828, American jurist, b. Philadelphia. After serving as secretary of the board of war (1776-81), he was briefly in the Continental Congress (1782-83) and then in the state legislature (1787-91). After 1792 he was a judge of the U.S. District Court for Pennsylvania and handed down decisions in many admiralty cases. He was very interested in the improvement of agriculture.
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