Politician. Born: July 8, 1832, Montreal, Canada. Married: 1854. Died: 1861, Denver Colorado.
Born on July 8, 1832, in Montreal, Canada, William Perry was educated there and graduated from a Jesuit school in 1850. He spent two years in Paris, France, and then moved to Columbus, Georgia, where he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1854. Perry was married that same year and had moved his family to Kansas by 1857, establishing himself in Leavenworth. He was commissioned notary public for the county on June 3, 1857, and as clerk of the board of county commissioners on December 29 of that year. In July 1858 he was named captain of Shield's Guard, a company of the Kansas militia. Perry served as a delegate to the Wyandotte Convention but "was obliged to leave very early in the session on account of ill health," according to the Leavenworth Times. In November 1860 he was elected to represent Leavenworth County in what was to be the last territorial legislature. The Perrys moved to Denver, Colorado, in 1861, where he started a legal practice. Later that same year, however, William Perry died suddenly, leaving a wife and two children. 61
Entry: Perry, William
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