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PETER, Sarah, philanthropist, born in Valley Mills, Ross County, Ohio, 16 May, 1800; died in Cincinnati, Ohio, 6 February, 1877. She was the daughter of Thomas Worthington, governor of Ohio in 1814-'18, and at the age of sixteen married Edward King, son of Rufus King. After his death in 1836 she married in 1844 William Peter, British consul at Philadelphia. She founded the School of design for women in that city, which was opened on 2 December, 1850, and bestowed her wealth on many charitable institutions. After Mr. Peter's death in 1853 she returned to Cincinnati and engaged in establishing the Ladies' academy of art (now the Art-school of Cincinnati), for which she bought pictures and statuary in Europe. She became a Roman Catholic in 1856, and has crossed the ocean nine times on special visits to the pope. She has established several sisterhoods in Cincinnati, and founded convents in Philadelphia.
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