John Perkins Cushing
John Perkins Cushingmerchant, philanthropist
Birthplace: Boston, Mass.
At the tender age of 16 he became the head of his uncle's trading company in China, Perkins & Company, where he prospered along with the firm, returning to Boston in 1830 with Eastern manners and manservants. His yacht, the Sylph, won the first recorded American yacht race in 1832.Died: 1862