|Birth: ||Oct. 13, 1821|
Rhode Island, USA
|Death: ||Aug. 13, 1865|
Civil War Veteran
William Edward prepared himself for a profession, and chose that of a lawyer. He entered the office of Richard W. Green, of Providence, R. I., late judge of the Supreme Court, as a student, in 1847. He was admitted to the bar in 1850, and settled in Providence, where he entered into practice. He was elected a Representative from the city to the State Legislature, in 1852. He was also one of the judges of the Court of Magistrates. In 1855, he removed with his family to Greenwich, R. I., but continued his office in Providence. He was elected a Senator from Greenwich in 1857. He continued his practice, both in Providence and Greenwich, until the war, in which he took a deep interest. His patriotism did not allow him to remain neutral, or a spectator to the noble effort the State made to assist in subduing the rebellion.
He not only lent his aid and influence in raising soldiers, but set the example of being one himself. He loved his country, and knew too well how to prize its government and laws to remain passive during her struggle. He gave his life in their defence. He enlisted in the Rhode Island cavalry, where he received a commission as first lieutenant.
After joining his regiment in Louisiana, he was appointed judge advocate, which position he held until his decease, which occurred at Napoleonville, August 13, 1865. He was taken sick at Thibodeaux while attending the duties of his office. He remained there until the adjournment of the commission, when he returned to Napoleonville; was seized with a congestive chill, and died in about two hours.
He was buried with military honors. His body was placed in a metallic coffin, and then enclosed in a brick vault.
William Peck (1785 - 1876)
Sarah Arnold Peck (1782 - 1852)
Harriet Arnold Newell Peck (1829 - 1912)
Abigail Peck (1810 - 1811)*
Abigail Peck (1811 - 1895)*
Annjanette Peck Ballou (1813 - 1902)*
Rufus Arnold Peck (1818 - 1903)*
William Edward Peck (1821 - 1865)*
William Edward Peck (1821 - 1865)
Note: Additional Marker [and possibly actual burial] at Peck Cemetery
East Greenwich Cemetery
Rhode Island, USA
Created by: Superkentman
Record added: Jun 23, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27763452
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