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Mason Summers Peters

Politician. Democrat/Populist. Born: September 3, 1844, Kearney, Missouri. Died: February 14, 1914, Kansas City, Missouri. Served in U.S. House of Representatives, 2nd District: March 4, 1897, to March 3, 1899.

A one-term Populist congressman from the Kansas Second District, Mason S. Peters was born September 3, 1844,near Kearney, Clay County, Missouri, and attended the William Jewell College at Liberty. Peters taught grammar school in Clay County from 1867 to 1870 when he became clerk of the court, as position he held until 1874 while he studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1875 and first practiced in Plattsburg, Missouri, before moving in 1886 to Wyandotte County, Kansas. Peters organized the Union Live Stock Commission Company in 1895 and was elected as a Populist to the Fifty-fifth Congress (served, March 4, 1897-March 3, 1899); he was unsuccessful for reelection in 1898 and subsequently resumed his business and professional pursuits in Kansas City, Kansas; he died at home in Kansas City, Missouri, on February 14, 1914.

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