Andrew James Peters Edit Profile
Peters attended Harvard University and Harvard Law School.
His family had been in Massachusetts since the first Andrew Peters arrived there in 1657. He served two terms (1904, 1905) in the Massachusetts State Legislature. In 1906 he was elected to Congress where he would serve from 1907 to 1914.
In 1914 he was appointed to be Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under William Gibbs McAdoo in the first administration of President Woodrow Wilson. He served there until 1918 when he began his term as Mayor of Boston. Peters' term as Mayor is remembered for his handling of the Boston Police Strike in 1919.
Peters was considered for the governorship later in the 1920s but was not nominated. Starr died under mysterious circumstances on Long Island, New York in 1931. The story came out damaging Peters' reputation (despite his denials of it).
The circumstances of Peters' relationship with Starr Faithfull eventually became part of the material used by John O'Hara in his novel Butterfield 8. Peters also plays a key role in Dennis Lehane's novel The Given Day. Peters died of pneumonia on July 26, 1938.
Member Massachusetts House of Republican, 1902, Senate, 1904-1905. Member 60th, 61st, 62d and 63d Congresses (1907-1915), 11th Massachusetts District (resigned August 15, 1914). Member United States Section International High Commission, 1917.
Married Martha R. Phillips, June 23, 1910. Children: Andrew J., Alanson (deceased), John P. (deceased), Bradford, Robeson, David McClure.