Charles Peers

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This article is about the merchant and Lord Mayor of London. For the architect and preservationist, see Charles Reed Peers. For the South African artist, see Charles Ernest Peers.

Sir Charles Peers (1661 – January 29, 1737) was a British businessman who became the Chairman of the East India Company in 1714[1] and Lord Mayor of London in 1715.[2] He had previously served as one of the Sheriffs of the City of London in 1708–1709.[3]

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Peers was born to Edmund Peers (d. 1681) and Mary Walden, in 1661, where his family was in the parish of the St. Katherine Creechurch, Aldgate ward, London.[4] He started his career as a salter (trader of salt) and also London partner of William Morley and Company of Málaga, merchants and importers. He later became Common Councilman for Aldgate Ward 1701–8, and Alderman of Tower Ward 1708–37.[5]

He was knighted on 16 July 1707.[6] He served as a Sheriff of the City of London (1708–1709) and as Lord Mayor of London (1715–16).

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