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Lieut William Edward Peck, Sr

Lieut William Edward Peck, Sr

Birth
Cumberland, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
Death 13 Aug 1865 (aged 43)
Napoleonville, Assumption Parish, Louisiana, USA
Burial Cumberland, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
Memorial ID 20924508 · View Source
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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.

Parents:
. William Peck (1785 - 1876)
. Sarah Arnold (1782 - 1852)

Marriage:
. Harriet A. Newell, 28 Jun 1853


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Gravesite Details Additional Marker [and possibly actual burial] at East Greenwich Cemetery

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Superkentman
  • Added: 13 Aug 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 20924508
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut William Edward Peck, Sr (13 Oct 1821–13 Aug 1865), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20924508, citing Peck Cemetery, Cumberland, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .