Warren, Peter, sir, 1703-1752

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British naval officer, finally vice-admiral. Owner of extensive landholdings in New York City and New York State. Married Susannah De Lancey; uncle of Sir William Johnson.

From the description of Papers and deeds, 1639-1795. (New York University, Group Batchload). WorldCat record id: 58671377

Warren, British naval officer, most remembered for his capture of Fort Louisbourg, N.S., Canada in 1745.

From the description of [Document, 1747?] / P. Warren. (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 469106547

Peter Warren (1703/4-1752) was born in Ireland to Michael Warren and Catherine Aylmer. He entered the navy in 1716, became a lieutenant in 1723, and by 1728 he was captain of the Grafton . In his early career he served in the waters off Ireland and in the Atlantic between North Africa and the West Indies. From 1728 to 1740, the navy stationed Warren in Halifax, Boston, New York, and Charleston, South Carolina. In 1731, Warren married Susannah DeLancey, daughter of Stephen DeLancey of New York; they had six children.

During the war between Britain and Spain, Warren captained ships at St. Augustine, Florida, and Jamaica, and commanded a small squadron based at Antigua. After the outbreak of war with France in 1744, Warren and his squadron captured many French ships in the West Indies. His success brought him notoriety in England and a sizable fortune from prize money. In 1745 his squadron, along with a small contingent of ships from New England, blockaded and eventually captured the French fortress at Louisbourg on Cape Breton Island. After the victory, Warren was promoted to rear admiral and was appointed Governor of Cape Breton, a post which he left in June 1746. That summer he collaborated on a plan with Massachusetts Governor William Shirley to attack French forces in Canada. In 1747 he returned to England and was promoted to vice admiral, but ill-health kept him from the sea. France and England started peace talks before his plan to take Quebec could be realized. The city of Westminster elected him to parliament later in 1747. By this time, he was one of the richest men in England and owned land in London, Hampshire, Manhattan, and on the frontier of New York (which was managed by his nephew William Johnson). Warren was also an active moneylender in New York and New England. He used his wealth for charitable causes in England and America, including building churches and hospitals. He died in Dublin in 1752.

From the guide to the Peter Warren papers, Warren, Peter, papers, 1738-1764, 1744-1751, (William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan)

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creatorOf Pepperrell, William, Sir, 1696-1759. William Pepperrell papers, 1664-1782. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn George Clinton papers, Clinton, George, papers, 1697-1760, 1745-1753 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Gage family papers concerning Peter Warren, 1731-1874. Library of Congress
referencedIn Smith, Edwin, surveyor. [Map of the area later bounded by 8th and 14th Streets, the Bowery and 6th Avenue, Manhattan, New York (N.Y.)] / copied from an old map in the possession of Henry Brevoort esqr. and supposed to be the work of Evert Banker ; Edwin Smith. New-York Historical Society
referencedIn Compositions, 1882-1912 and undated. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Peter Warren papers, Warren, Peter, papers, 1738-1764, 1744-1751 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Sage, Gardner A. No. 1. A Map of the lands belonging to the estate of the late Sir Peter Warren, lying at Greenwich in the Out Ward of the City of New York / surveyed by G. Bancker ; copyed by Evert Bancker ; ... by B. Taylor ; compiled from authentic documents by Gardner A. Sage. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
referencedIn Johnson, William, Sir, 1715-1774. Papers, 1733-1808. American Periodical Series I
creatorOf Warren, Peter, Sir, 1703-1752. [Document, 1747?] / P. Warren. Smith College, Neilson Library
creatorOf Saunders, Thomas, Capt. Papers, 1732-1828, bulk: 1732-1787. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf William L. Clements Library. George Clinton papers, 1697-1760, bulk 1745-1753. University of Michigan, William Clements Library
referencedIn Smith, Geo. B. (George B.), surveyor. A Map of a parcel of land belonging to the estate of the late Sir Peter Warren lying at Greenwich / by B. Taylor ; a true copy from the original map which said original is filed in the Street Commissioners office in and for the City of New York Geo. B. Smith. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
creatorOf Louisbourg Expedition. Records, 1744-1758. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Weeks, Lyman Horace. Lyman H. Weeks papers, ca. 1919-ca. 1934. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn DePeyster family. Papers, 1706-1816. American Periodical Series I
creatorOf Warren, Peter, Sir, 1703-1752. Papers and deeds, 1639-1795. New-York Historical Society
referencedIn Bancker, Evert, b. 1734. [Map of the area later bounded by 15th Street, the Bowery, Astor Place and 6th Avenue, Manhattan, New York (N.Y.)] / map from one copied by G.A.S. from a copy made by Mr. Ludlam from one in the possession of Henry Brevoort. New-York Historical Society
referencedIn Bidwell, Andonijah. Andonijah Bidwell diary, 1745-1746. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Lyman H. Weeks papers, ca. 1919-ca. 1934 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Holmes, Saml. E. (Samuel E.). No. 1. A Map of the lands belonging to the estate of the late Sir Peter Warren, lying at Greenwich, in the Out Ward of the City of New York / surveyed by G. Bancker ; copyed by Evert Bancker ; ... by B. Taylor ; compiled from authentic documents by Gardner A. Sage ; copy made by Saml. E. Holmes. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
referencedIn Warren family. Papers, 1731-1874. Winterthur Library
creatorOf Warren, Peter, Sir, 1703-1752. Peter Warren papers, 1738-1764, bulk 1744-1751. University of Michigan, William Clements Library
referencedIn Bancker, Evert, b. 1734. [Map of the area later bounded by 15th Street, the Bowery, Astor Place and 6th Avenue, Manhattan, New York (N.Y.)]. New-York Historical Society
referencedIn Taylor, B. (Benjamin), surveyor. A Map of a parcel of land belonging to the estate of the late Sir Peter Warren lying at Greenwich / by B. Taylor ; [a copy]. New-York Historical Society
referencedIn Smith, Edwin, surveyor. No. 1. A Map of the lands belonging to the estate of the late Sir Peter Warren, lying at Greenwich, in the Out Ward of the City of New York / surveyed by G. Bancker ; copyed by Ever[t] Bancker ; yellow lines and numbers are taken from a map of part of the estate, made by Benj. Taylor ; copied from the original map now in my possession, and the [modern] streets and avenues plotted [by] Edwin Smith. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
referencedIn Collins, Edward. A draught of Warrensburg : for Captain Peter Warren / performed by Edward Collins Surveyr of Land ; true copy. New-York Historical Society
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Boston (Mass.)
New York (State)--New York
Montgomery County (N.Y.)
Annapolis Royal (N.S.)
Massachusetts
Cape Breton Island (N.S.)
London (England)
Florida (N.Y.: Town)
Boston(Mass.)
London (England)
Louisbourg (N.S.)
New York (State)
Greenwich Village (New York, N.Y.)
Cape Breton Island (N.S.)
United States
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Micmac Indians
Shipping--Accounting
Vigilant (Ship)
Louisbourg (N.S.)--History--Siege, 1745
United States--History--King George's War, 1744-1748
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Stockbridge Indians
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Birth 1703-03-10

Death 1752-07-29

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