Judge Thomas M. Peters

Judge Thomas M. Peters (HM1BJH)

Location: Moulton, AL 35650 Lawrence County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 28.554', W 87° 17.559'

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A scientist of national fame, Peters (1810-1888) lived for many years in Moulton with his wife Naomi (Leetch), a relative of President James K. Polk, who possibly visited here. A man of many talents, Peters was a noted linguist, early civil rights and women's suffrage activist, and lawyer. At various times, he was a newspaper publisher, educator, state representative and senator, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice, Alabama Constitutional Convention delegate, and a pro-Union Republican leader. In the election of 1844, he is credited with sinking the presidential hopes of Henry Clay. After military authorities ordered suspension of the local newspaper (now the Moulton Advertiser) in 1867, Peters leased and edited the paper for six months before returning it to the White family. Considered a pioneer of botany in Alabama, Peters identified several new plant species.On Sipsey River in northern Winston County, 8 Jan 1853, he discovered a plant known as "Peters' filmy fern." He published 'Lichens of Alabama.' Many of his works can be found at Harvard, the Smithsonian Institution, and the University of Alabama. Thomas Peters was elected a member of the American Scientific Association. Peters and his family are buried in the Old Moulton Cemetery.
Placed ByLawrence County Historical Commission, Inc
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Date Added Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 11:32pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 473126 N 3814963
Decimal Degrees34.47590000, -87.29265000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 28.554', W 87° 17.559'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 28' 33.24" N, 87° 17' 33.54" W
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Area Code(s)256
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 14027-14163 Market St, Moulton AL 35650, US
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