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PETERS, John Thompson, jurist, born in Hebron, Connecticut, 11 October, 1765; died in Hartford, Connecticut, 28 August, 1834. He was graduated at, Yale in 1789, studied law, and began to practise in his native town. In 1813 he was appointed collector of revenue for the 1st district, and in May, 1818, he was made judge of the state supreme court, which office he held for many years. His son, Hugh, poet, born in Hebron, Connecticut, 30 January, 1807; died in Cincinnati, Ohio, 9 June, 1831, was graduated at Yale in 1826, studied law, was admitted to the bar, and began practice in Cincinnati. His body was found in the Ohio river, and it is supposed that he drowned himself while temporarily insane. He wrote a series of humorous Yankee lyrics, which were printed in the "New England Weekly Review." His farewell to Connecticut, written on Long Island sound, and entitled "My Native Land," is considered his best poem.
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