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BELMONT, Perry, (brother of Oliver Hazard Perry Belmont), A Representative from New York; born in New York City December 28, 1851; attended Everest Military Academy, Hamden, Conn., and was graduated from Harvard University in 1872; studied civil law at the University of Berlin; was graduated from the Columbia Law School, New York City, in 1876; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in New York City; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-seventh and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1881, to December 1, 1888, when he resigned to accept a diplomatic position; chairman, Committee on Expenditures on Public Buildings (Forty-eighth Congress), Committee on Foreign Affairs (Forty-ninth and Fiftieth Congresses); declined to be a candidate for renomination to Congress in 1888; United States Minister to Spain in 1888 and 1889; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1892, 1896, 1904, and 1912; during the Spanish-American War served as major and inspector general of the First Division, Second Army Corps, United States Volunteers; in 1905 successfully initiated and organized the movement for the Federal and State campaign-publicity legislation, which was enacted into law in 1911, and was elected president of the National Association for Campaign Publicity Law; during the First World War was commissioned a captain in the remount service; resumed the practice of law in New York City in 1920; author of a number of books pertaining to national and political affairs; went abroad in 1932 for three years, residing mostly at Paris, France; returned, and made Newport, R.I., his permanent residence; died at Newport, R.I., May 25, 1947; interment in Island Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: 1775-1900, 500 items. The papers of Perry Belmont contain correspondence (chiefly 1900), account books (1775-1827), stock transfer book (1816-1822) of the Loudon Company (Va.), scrapbooks, and pamphlets. The small number of letters are concerned mostly with politics and the possible presidential candidacy of Admiral Dewey.
Papers: In the Thomas F. Bayard Papers, 1780-1899, 49.6 linear feet. Correspondents include Perry Belmont. A finding aid is available in the library.
Papers: In the Daniel Scott Lamont Papers, 1853-1928, approximately 21,500 items. Correspondents include Perry Belmont. A finding aid is available in the library.
Papers: In the Matthew Calbraith Perry Papers, 1839-1931, 10 items. Correspondents include Perry Belmont.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: n.d.; March 17, 1879; October 22, 1886. 3 letters. Finding aid in repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Belmont, Perry. The abolition of the secrecy of party funds. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1912.

------. An American Democrat; The Recollections of Perry Belmont. New York: Columbia University Press, 1940. Reprint, New York: AMS Press, 1967.

------. Executive officers in Congress. New York: J. Polhemus, printer, 1878.

------. National Isolation An Illusion. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1925.

------. Naval supremacy during the American Revolution. [Bruxelles: Imprimerie P. & e. De Bie, 1931] .

------. Political Equality: Religious Toleration, From Roger Williams to Jefferson. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1927.

------. Publicity of election expenditures. [N.p.], 1905.

------. The relations of the United States with the South American republics. Speech of Hon. Perry Belmont, of New York, in the House of Representatives, July 5, 1882. On the bill providing for the support of the United States Navy. Washington: N.p., 1882.

------. Republic or empire? New York City: Allied Printing Trades Council, 1900.

------. Return to Secret Party Funds: The Value of Reed Committee. New York: Putnam's, 1927. Reprint, New York: Arno Press, 1974.

------. Rochambeau Monument and Foreign Propaganda. Newport, R.I.: N.p., 1938.

------. Survival of the Democratic Principle, Including the Tariff Issue. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1926.

Public record of Perry Belmont, a Member of the House of Representatives in the 47th, 48th, 49th, 50th Congress. [Albany]: Printed for private circulation by J. B. Lyon], 1898-1902.

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