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Elias PERKINS

(1767-1845)

PERKINS, Elias, a Representative from Connecticut; born in Newent Society (now Lisbon), Conn., April 5, 1767; was graduated from Yale College in 1786; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in New London, New London County, Conn.; member of the State house of representatives 1795-1800, 1814, and 1815 and served as speaker in 1798 and 1815; was assistant judge of the New London County Court in 1799 and chief justice of the same court 1807-1825; elected as a Federalist to the Seventh Congress (March 4, 1801-March 3, 1803); resumed the practice of law; member of the State senate 1817-1822; mayor of New London 1829-1832; died in New London, Conn., September 27, 1845; interment in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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