Biography of Jacob Peters
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Peters, Jacob, was born in Switzerland, February 13, 1855, and came to this country in the fall of 1881. He was educated in the schools of his native land, and it was intended that he become a civil engineer, but while in the gymnasium he decided to take up architecture, and took a special course in that study together with mechanics of building. After finishing his classical course Mr. Peters entered the Military Academy at Zurich, from which he was commissioned as lieutenant, serving a year in the army, and then coming to America. On landing he came direct to Ithaca, where he followed his line of business five years, and in 1886 took his first contract in this city. He has erected a large number of residences, and was the contractor in the erection of the West brothers block on State street, and one of the buildings on the new agricultural building for Cornell University. Mr. Peters is a member of Fidelity Lodge, F. & A. M. No. 51, Eagle Chapter No. 58, and Ithaca Council No. 69, St. Augustine Commandery No. 38, and a member of Damascus Temple at Rochester. Mr. Peters is a Democrat in politics and in 1889 was elected alderman of the first ward, which office he held two years. The year he immigrated he was married to Mary Tugley and they have one daughter, Mary.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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