Peter Little

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Peter Little (December 11, 1775 – February 5, 1830) was a U.S. Representative from Maryland.

Biography[edit]

Born in Petersburg, Pennsylvania, Little attended the common schools. He initially worked as a watchmaker, until he moved to Freedom, Maryland and engaged in agricultural pursuits. He served as member of the Maryland House of Delegates in 1806 and 1807.

Little was elected as a Republican to the Twelfth Congress, where he served from March 4, 1811 to March 3, 1813. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1812. During the War of 1812, Little was commissioned colonel of the Thirty-eighth Maryland Infantry and served from May 19, 1813 to June 15, 1815.

After the War, Little was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Fourteenth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William Pinkney. He was reelected as a Democratic-Republican to the Fifteenth, Sixteenth, and Seventeenth Congresses, as a Jackson Republican to the Eighteenth, and as an Adams candidate to the Nineteenth and Twentieth Congresses, and served from September 2, 1816 to March 3, 1829. In Congress, Little served as chairman of the Committee on Accounts (Fourteenth and Fifteenth Congresses), and as a member of the Committee on Pensions and Revolutionary Claims (Eighteenth and Nineteenth Congresses), the Committee on Revolutionary Claims (Nineteenth Congress), and the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Navy (Twentieth Congress). He declined to be a candidate for renomination.

After his tenure in Congress, Little served as judge of the orphans' court of Baltimore County. He died in Freedom, Maryland, is interred in Freedom Methodist Episcopal Cemetery, near Eldersburg, Maryland.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Nicholas Ruxton Moore
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 5th congressional district

1811–1813
Succeeded by
Nicholas Ruxton Moore
Preceded by
William Pinkney
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 5th congressional district

1816–1829
Succeeded by
Elias Brown and Benjamin Chew Howard

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