PERKINS, James Breck

PERKINS, James Breck
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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PERKINS, James Breck, a Representative from New York; born at St. Croix Falls, Polk County, Wis., November 4, 1847; moved with his parents to Rochester, N.Y., in 1856; attended the public schools; was graduated from the University of Rochester (New York) in 1867; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1868 and commenced practice in Rochester; city attorney 1874-1880; lived in Paris, France, from 1890 to 1895, and engaged in the study of European literature and in historical research; author of several historical works; returned to Rochester in 1895; served in the State assembly 1898-1900; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-seventh and to the four succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1901, until his death; chairman, Committee on Foreign Affairs (Sixty-first Congress); one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in 1905 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against Charles Swayne, judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida; died in Washington, D.C., March 11, 1910; interment in Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester, N.Y.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library

New York, NY
Papers: 1 letter (January 29, 1909) in the Robert Underwood Johnson collection. Official correspondence. Finding aid in repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Perkins, James Breck. France in the American Revolution. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1911. Reprint, Williamstown, Mass.: Corner House Publishers, 1970.

------. France under Louis XV. Boston, New York: Houghton, Mifflin, 1897.

------. France under the regency [microform]: With a review of the administration of Louis XIV. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Co., 1892.

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