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John A. Peters (1864–1953)

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John Andrew Peters (August 13, 1864 – August 22, 1953) was a United States Representative from Maine and a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maine.

John Andrew Peters
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maine
In office
January 2, 1947 – August 1, 1953
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maine
In office
November 14, 1921 – January 2, 1947
Appointed byWarren G. Harding
Preceded byClarence Hale
Succeeded byJohn David Clifford Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 3rd district
In office
September 9, 1913 – January 2, 1922
Preceded byForrest Goodwin
Succeeded byJohn E. Nelson
Personal details
John Andrew Peters

(1864-08-13)August 13, 1864
Ellsworth, Maine
DiedAugust 22, 1953(1953-08-22) (aged 89)
Ellsworth, Maine
Resting placeWoodbine Cemetery
Ellsworth, Maine
Political partyRepublican
EducationBowdoin College (A.B., A.M.)
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Education and careerEdit

Born on August 13, 1864, in Ellsworth, Hancock County, Maine, Peters, a nephew of John A. Peters (1822–1904), attended the common schools.[1] He received an Artium Baccalaureus degree in 1885 from Bowdoin College, read law in 1887, and received an Artium Magister degree in 1888 from Bowdoin College.[2] He entered private practice in Ellsworth from 1887 to 1913.[2] He was a Judge of the Ellsworth Municipal Court from 1896 to 1908.[2] He was a member of the Maine House of Representatives in 1909, 1911 and 1913, serving as Speaker in 1913.[2] He was a delegate at large to the Republican National Convention in 1916.[1] He served as Vice President of the Board of Trustees of Bowdoin College.[1]

Congressional serviceEdit

Peters was elected as a Republican to the United States House of Representatives of the 63rd United States Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative Forrest Goodwin, and reelected to the four succeeding Congresses until his resignation on January 2, 1922, serving from September 9, 1913, to January 2, 1922.[1]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

Peters was nominated by President Warren G. Harding on October 25, 1921, to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Maine vacated by Judge Clarence Hale.[2] He was confirmed by the United States Senate on November 14, 1921, and received his commission the same day.[2] He, however, did not take his seat until January 2, 1922 after resigning from the House.[3][4] He assumed senior status on January 2, 1947.[2] His service terminated on August 1, 1953, due to his retirement.[2]


Peters died on August 22, 1953, in Ellsworth.[2] He was interred in Woodbine Cemetery in Ellsworth.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e United States Congress. "John A. Peters (id: P000253)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Peters, John Andrew - Federal Judicial Center".
  3. ^ "PETERS, John Andrew". Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Court History". Retrieved 18 June 2019.