Samuel Peters

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For the American congressman, see Samuel R. Peters.

Reverend Samuel Andrew Peters (1735–1826) was a Connecticut Anglican clergyman and historian. A nephew, John Samuel Peters (1772–1858), served as Governor of Connecticut 1831-33. Another nephew, John Thompson Peters (1765–1834) served as Justice of the Supreme Court of Connecticut 1818-1834.


  • December 1, 1735 : Born in Hebron, Connecticut being third youngest of twelve children of John Peters (1695–1754) and Mary Marks (1698–1784).
  • 1757 Graduated from Yale College
  • 1757 Elected Rector of St. Peter's Church, Hebron, Connecticut
  • 1758 Sailed to England
  • March 11, 1759 Ordained Deacon
  • August 5, 1759 Advanced to the Anglican Priesthood
  • 1760 Returned to America; took charge of St. Peter's Church parish at Hebron, Connecticut
  • February 14, 1760 : First marriage to Hannah Owen (1740–1765) who bore him three daughters.
  • 1763 - Climbed Killington Peak, and allegedly named the area Verd Mont giving the state its future name.[1]
  • June 25, 1769 : Second marriage to Abigail Gilbert (1751–1769).
  • April 20, 1773 : Third marriage to Mary Birdseye (1750- ) who bore him two sons.
  • August 1774 : Fled to London, England after several visits from the "Sons of Liberty" because of his Loyalist sympathies.
  • 1781 : Published, under a pseudonym, "General History of Connecticut, from its first settlement under George Fenwick, to its latest period of amity with Great Britain prior to the Revolution; including a description of the country, and many curious and interesting anecdotes. With an appendix, pointing out the causes of the rebellion in America; together with the particular part taken by the people of Connecticut in its promotion. By a Gentleman of the Province". This work is noted for its unflattering descriptions of the colonists and for its misrepresentation of the Connecticut Blue Laws. The work was generally panned.[2]
  • February 27, 1794 : Nominated Anglican Bishop-elect of Vermont (but never consecrated)[3]
  • 1805 : Returned to America
  • 1817 : Visited the Falls of St. Anthony, taking up a large claim there, but again settled in New York (1818).[4]
  • April 19, 1826 : Died in New York City in great poverty.[5]


  1. ^ Starr, Tena (29 September 2010). "Do warriors haunt the ruins on Pisgah?". Barton, Vermont: The Chronicle. p. 1B. 
  2. ^ According to "Kacirk, Jeffrey (1997). Forgotten English. New York: William Morrow & Co. ISBN 0-688-15018-7. , the Monthly Review proclaimed the book as "altogether unworthy of the public attention.""
  3. ^ New International Encyclopedia
  4. ^ New International Encyclopedia
  5. ^ New International Encyclopedia


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