Micajah Perry, Esq. (deceased)

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Micajah Perry became Lord Mayer of London in 1728.

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Micaiah (or, as he wrote his name, Micajah) Perry was a merchant residing in St. Mary Axe, in the Ward of Aldgate. He was elected Alderman on the 24th of February, 1728, and, almost at the same time became Master of the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers. In the previous October (1727) he was elected one of the three Whig Members of Parliament for the City, the fourth being a Tory.

He served the office of Sheriff in 1734-1735, and on Michaelmas Day, 1738, was elected Lord Mayor, assuming office on the 28th of October following, when he was forty-three years old. He lost his wife on the loth of October, 1738, and he lost his seat in the House of Commons at the General Election in 1741 perhaps because he had the support of the Dissenters, although he was then the Ministerial candidate. He was never knighted, probably because up to 1741 he had persistently voted against Walpole and the Government.

He was Colonel of the Orange Regiment 1738-1745. The City Train Bands were then divided into regiments distinguished by colours, the territorial limits of the Orange Regiment coinciding with my own Ward of Farringdon Without.

He surrendered his office of Alderman in November, 1 746, on account of ill-health, and at the same Court his brethren voted him two hundred pounds per annum, which payment was continued until he died in January, 1753. His ill-health is evident from the fact that the document was signed with his mark, and witnessed by Sir John Bosworth, the City Chamberlain, and Ann Cocke, a relative of his deceased wife.

source: "Lord Mayor Perry's Diary"

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