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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