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Angier March Perkins

Birthplace: Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Death: April 22, 1881 (81)
Hampstead, London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Place of Burial: London, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Jacob Perkins and Hannah Perkins
Husband of Julia Georgina Perkins
Father of Angier Greenleaf Perkins; Loftus Perkins and Louisa Jane Perkins
Brother of Sarah Ann Bacon-March; Jane Perkins; Ebenezer Greenleaf Perkins; Elizabeth Roy; Henrietta Chubb and 2 others

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About Angier March Perkins

Angier March Perkins (21 August 1799 – 22 April 1881) was a U.S. engineer who worked most of his career in the UK and was instrumental in developing the new technologies of central heating.


Perkins was born in Old Newburyport, Massachusetts, the second son of six children of Jacob Perkins and his wife, Hannah, née Greenleaf. His name came from that of his father's brother in-law and close friend Angier March. Jacob Perkins travelled to the UK in 1819 in order to exploit his bank note printing inventions and Angier March followed in 1821 to join his father in the printing business.

Angier March eventually took charge of his father's business but in 1828 launched his own heating and steam engineering enterprise. He married Julia Georgina Brown in 1831 and in the same year filed the first of his patents for heating equipment. His first steam heating system was installed in 1832 in the home of Governor of the Bank of England John Horley Palmer so that the owner could grow grapes. He also installed heating systems in commercial premises. Angier March's business prospered and he moved to larger premises, sharing an office with his father who, though still inventive, enjoyed less commercial success.

He ultimately became involved in improved methods for smelting iron and designs for piping and plumbing fittings. His high-pressure steam technology proved to have other uses, including a mobile baker's oven for the British Army.


Angier March had two sons:

Angier Greenleaf Perkins (1832–1871), also an engineer;
Loftus Perkins (1834–1891), was apprenticed to his father in 1848 becoming a partner in A. M. Perkins & Son in 1866.

Angier March died April 22 1881 at his family home in Hampstead and was buried in the family vault in Kensal Green Cemetery. He was age 81.

Honours and offices

Associate of the Institution of Civil Engineers, (1840);
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, (1849).
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Angier March Perkins's Timeline

August 21, 1799
Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
November 14, 1832
May 8, 1834
Russell Square, London, Greater London, United Kingdom
April 22, 1881
Age 81
Hampstead, London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Age 81
Kensal Green Cemetery, London, England, United Kingdom