Richard Peters was born in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia to Ralph and Catherine (Conyngham) Peters. By 1821 he was living in Wilkes-Barre, PA, but returned to Philadelphia and apprenticed for six months with the eminent architect William Strickland, assisting him in the construction of the Delaware Breakwater. While working for several railroad companies, Peters made his way to Georgia, where he eventually bought a plantation and established a flour mill (1856). However, he did not relinquish his railroad interests. He became president of the Georgia Western Railroad (1860-1865) and director of the Atlanta & West Point Railroad (1865-1889). At the time of his death Peters was residing in Atlanta, GA.
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