Biographical Dictionary of Canadian Engineers

Edited by
Rod Millard

PETERS, Herd , b. 28 Aug. 1830, Fredericton, N.B.; d. 9 Aug. 1909, Saint John. Graduating in 1849 from King's College (later the University of New Brunswick), he articled to become an attorney-at-law in 1852, and barrister-at-law the following year. A son-in-law of William Bydone Jack, who laid the foundations of the engineering programme at King's College, Peters earned his MA in engineering (1854) to become one of Canada's first university engineering graduates. He worked on the construction of a section of the Intercolonial Railway from Saint John to Moncton, and, in 1864, after serving as Saint John's city surveyor for three years, became city engineer. He served in that post for nearly forty years, improving Saint John's harbour and water supply. A charter member of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers (1887), he served as a councillor in 1894, 1897 and 1898.

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