James Breck Perkins

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James B. Perkins
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Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from New York
In office
March 4, 1901 – March 11, 1910
Preceded byJames M.E. O'Grady
Succeeded byJames S. Havens
Constituency31st district (1901–03)
32nd district (1903–10)
Personal details
James Breck Perkins

(1847-11-04)November 4, 1847
St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, U.S.
DiedMarch 11, 1910(1910-03-11) (aged 62)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyRepublican
ChildrenJames D. Havens
Alma materUniversity of Rochester

James Breck Perkins (November 4, 1847 – March 11, 1910) was an American historian, a United States Congressman, and a writer.

He was born in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, and graduated from the University of Rochester, where he was a member of St. Anthony Hall, in 1867. He served as city attorney of Rochester, New York from 1874 to 1878; was a member of the New York State Assembly (Monroe Co., 1st D.) in 1898; and served as a representative in Congress from 1901 until his death.

Recognized as the leading authority in the particular historical field to which he devoted himself, he was honored by membership in the National Institute of Arts and Letters. His writings include:[1]

  • France under Mazarin (1887)
  • France under Louis XV (1897)
  • Richelieu (1900), in the "Heroes of the Nations Series"
  • France in the American Revolution (1911)

He died in Washington, D.C.

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  • Wikisource-logo.svg This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainGilman, D. C.; Peck, H. T.; Colby, F. M., eds. (1905). "article name needed". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
Merton E. Lewis
New York State Assembly
Monroe County, 1st District

Succeeded by
Merton E. Lewis
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
James M. E. O'Grady
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 31st congressional district

Succeeded by
Sereno E. Payne
Preceded by
William H. Ryan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 32nd congressional district

Succeeded by
James S. Havens