George Peter (politician)

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George Peter

George Peter (September 28, 1779 – June 22, 1861) was a U.S. Representative from Maryland.

Born in Georgetown, Maryland (now the District of Columbia), Peter pursued classical studies and graduated from Georgetown College. At the age of fifteen, Peter joined the Maryland troops in the campaign against the Whisky Insurrectionists in 1794, but at the request of his parents, was sent home. He entered the army as second lieutenant in the Ninth Infantry in July 1799, was transferred to the artillery in February 1801. In 1806 he was in command of Fort Bellefontaine when the Lewis and Clark Expedition[1] returned. In May 1808 Peter organized and commanded the first company of light artillery in the country. He resigned on June 11, 1809, and engaged in agricultural pursuits. He later served as a major of volunteers in the War of 1812.

Peter was elected as a Federalist to the Fourteenth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Alexander C. Hanson. He was reelected as a Federalist to the Fifteenth Congress and served from October 7, 1816, to March 3, 1819. Afterwards, Peter served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1819 to 1823.

Peter was elected as a Jacksonian to the Nineteenth Congress, and served from March 4, 1825 to March 3, 1827. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1826 to the Twentieth Congress, and resumed agricultural activities. He served as commissioner of public works of Maryland in 1855, and later retired to his plantation. He died near Darnestown, Maryland, and is interred in Oak Hill Cemetery in Georgetown.

Peter was married a total of 3 times; his first wife was the daughter of Thomas Plater, also a Maryland congressman.[2] His son George Peter stepped in his footsteps and became a member and president of the Maryland State Senate.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
  2. ^ Find a Grave
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Alexander Contee Hanson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 3rd congressional district

1816–1819
Succeeded by
Henry Ridgely Warfield
Preceded by
Henry Ridgely Warfield
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 3rd congressional district

1825–1827
Succeeded by
George Corbin Washington

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.