Dr. Peter Turner


Peter Turner (Kent County, Rhode Island, United States; 1781-Newport, Rhode Island, United States; 1812) was a surgeon who served in the War of 1812 as a Companion Surgeon, eventually attaining the rank of Assistant Surgeon.


Peter Turner was the son of Captain Daniel Turner (1750-1837) who married his first cousin Sarah Foster (1754-1809) before serving in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. He had 9 brothers, including William (1775-1837) and Daniel (1794-1850).


Peter Turner participated in the War of 1812, a conflict between the United States and the British Empire that took place between June 1812 and February 1815. He served as a Companion Surgeon and obtained the rank of Assistant Surgeon assisting his uncle Dr. Peter Turner (1751-1822).


Turner was wounded and died on November 5, 1812, probably shortly after the present portrait was commissioned. Not to be confused with his uncle of the same name and occupation.