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PERHAM, Sidney (1819-1907)

PERHAM, SIDNEY, a Representative from Maine; born in Woodstock, Maine, on March 27, 1819; attended the common schools; engaged in agricultural pursuits; member of the State house of representatives in 1854 and served as speaker; clerk of the courts of Oxford County, Maine, 1859-1863; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-eighth, Thirty-ninth, and Fortieth Congresses (March 4, 1863-March 3, 1869); chairman, Committee on Invalid Pensions (Thirty-ninth and Fortieth Congresses); was not a candidate for renomination in 1868; Governor of Maine 1871-1874; president of the board of trustees of Westbrook Seminary, Deering, Maine, 1865-1880 and of the Maine Industrial School at Hallowell 1873-1898; secretary of state of Maine in 1875 to fill a vacancy; served as appraiser in the customhouse at Portland, Maine, 1877-1885; member of the board of trustees of the Universalist General Convention for twenty-seven years and served as president of the board; died in Washington, D.C., April 10, 1907; interment in Lakeside Cemetery, Bryant Pond, Oxford County, Maine.

Woodstock Historical Society Museum
Bryant Pond, ME
Papers: In the Town of Woodstock, Maine, Collection, ca. [18--], approximately 50 linear feet.
The collection includes a ledger from approximately 1872 of Governor Sidney Perham.

  • Perham, Sidney. Reconstruction--the President and Congress. [Washington: Printed at the Congressional Globe Office, 1866].