He was born in Tübingen, Germany, but came to Milwaukee with his parents at the age of 2. He attended the Milwaukee public schools, including two years at North Division High School. After leaving school he worked as a bookkeeper for 3 years and then entered his father's business as a glassblower. He was elected to the Wisconsin State Senate representing the Milwaukee-based 5th Senate district, in 1918, receiving 6,374 votes to 6,237 for Charles B. Perry (Rep.) and 3,371 for Joseph Phillips (Dem.). He served one term (1919–1922), and was the Socialist candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin in 1950, coming in third.
He died in Milwaukee in February 1970.
- Hunter, Paul F., ed. The Wisconsin Blue Book [1919 edition]. "COMPILED AND PUBLISHED UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE STATE PRINTING BOARD" Madison: Democrat Printing Company, State Printer, 1919; pp. 462-463.
- Members of the Wisconsin Legislature, 1848-1999 Madison: State of Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau, 1999
- Toepel, M. G.; Kuehn, Hazel L., eds. The Wisconsin blue book, 1952 Madison: State of Wisconsin, 1952; p. 740
- Obituary. "Peters was longtime Socialist activist." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel July 19, 1997
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