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William R. Peters


Centurion, 1897–1931

Full Name William Richmond Peters

Born 13 April 1850 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Died 17 March 1931 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Buried Saint Michael’s Cemetery, East Elmhurst, New York

Proposed by Frank Drisler and John David Barrett

Elected 4 December 1897 at age forty-seven

Archivist’s Note: Brother of John P. Peters; uncle of John P. Peters

Century Memorial

William Richmond Peters, brother of that well-remembered Centurion, Dr. John P. Peters of civic and archæological distinction, was a New Yorker through and through. Though not constrained to do so by necessity, he learned his business by service in all of its departments, from the place of office-boy up to the presidency of his own company and directorship in numerous other insurance companies and banks. His knowledge of the careers of New York business men was intimate; indeed, whether in a question of human character or of investment opportunities, he was always a shrewd judge of real as opposed to fictitious valuations. In all political movements of the city he was an active participant. Peters found his recreation in out-of-door activities. With other Centurions, he used to shoot at Currietuck; he was an enthusiastic golfer, playing for a considerable period in the Seniors’ Association. To his intimate friends, the most pleasing aspect of his life was the home at Oyster Bay, where he delighted to dispense cordial hospitality.

Alexander Dana Noyes
1932 Century Association Yearbook