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Perkins Bass

Birthplace: Walpole, Norfolk County, MA, United States
Death: October 25, 2011 (99)
Peterborough, Hillsborough County, NH, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Gov. Robert Perkins Bass and Edith Harlan Bass
Father of Private
Brother of Edith Bass; Private; Joanne Bass and Private

Managed by: Amos Eagle Elliston
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About Perkins Bass

Perkins Bass (October 6, 1912 – October 25, 2011) was an American elected official from the state of New Hampshire, including four terms as a U.S. Representative from 1955 to 1963.


Bass was born on October 6, 1912, in East Walpole, Massachusetts. He was the eldest son of former New Hampshire Governor Robert P. Bass and First Lady Edith B. Bass. Bass attended Milton Academy, graduated from Dartmouth College in 1934, and from Harvard Law School. He practiced as a lawyer and served in the United States Army Air Forces in Asia during World War II. He was elected state representative in 1939, 1941, 1947, and 1951, and as state senator in 1949, all to two-year terms.

After serving four terms in the U.S. Congress, he ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate a 1962 special election. After defeating interim Senator Maurice J. Murphy Jr., Doloris Bridges, and Congressman Chester Merrow in the Republican primary, he was defeated in the general election by Democrat Thomas J. McIntyre. From 1972 to 1976, he served as a selectman of Peterborough, New Hampshire, where he lived until his death in 2011, aged 99.

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Perkins Bass's Timeline

October 6, 1912
Walpole, Norfolk County, MA, United States
October 25, 2011
Age 99
Peterborough, Hillsborough County, NH, United States