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About William H. Perry, US Congress
William Hayne Perry (June 9, 1839 - July 7, 1902) was a United States Representative from South Carolina. He was born in Greenville, South Carolina, where he attended Greenville Academy, and graduated from Furman University at Greenville in 1857. He also attended South Carolina College (now the University of South Carolina) at Columbia, South Carolina and graduated from Harvard University in 1859. Later, he studied law in Greenville and was admitted to the bar in 1861 and commenced practice in Greenville.
Perry served as a private and subsequently as lieutenant in the Confederate Cavalry during the American Civil War. He resumed the practice of law in Greenville in 1865. He served as a member of the State constitutional convention in 1865 and a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1865 and 1866. He was the solicitor of the eighth judicial circuit of South Carolina 1868-1872 and served in the South Carolina Senate 1880-1884.
Perry was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-ninth, Fiftieth, and Fifty-first Congresses (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1891). He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1890. After leaving Congress, he resumed the practice of law. He died at his home, “San Souci,” near Greenville, in 1902 and was buried in Christ Church Cemetery, Greenville, South Carolina.
He was the son of Benjamin Franklin Perry (November 20, 1805 – December 3, 1886) and Elizabeth Frances McCall.
US Congressman. Born in Greenville, South Carolina, he graduated from Furman University in 1857, graduated from Harvard University 1859, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1861 and commenced to practice law in Greenville, South Carolina. During the Civil War, he served as a Lieutenant in the Confederate Cavalry. After the war, he was a member of the South Carolina State constitutional convention in 1865, a member of the South Carolina State House of Representatives (1865-66), solicitor of the eighth judicial circuit of South Carolina (1868-72 and served in the South Carolina State Senate, (1880-84). In 1885, he was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-ninth, Fiftieth and Fifty-first Congresses, serving until 1891. He declined to be a candidate for re-nomination and resumed the practice of law until his death at age 63 in Greenville, South Carolina. (bio by: [fg.cgi?page=mr&MRid=46568383" target="_blank John "J-Cat" Griffith)]