Clergyman, provincial secretary in Pennsylvania.
Married at an early age to an unknown woman and later, bigamously, to a Miss Stanley. Criticism of his marital arrangement led to his emigration to America (1735).
Settled in Philadelphia. Became well known as a minister and involved himself in local politics, especially Indian affairs. Supported the proprietary party. Was a member of the Library Company of Philadelphia and a trustee of the Philadelphia Academy.
Born in Liverpool, England. Brother of William Peters and uncle of another Richard Peters, both of whom corresponded with Franklin.