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PERKINS, George Douglas (1840-1914)

PERKINS, GEORGE DOUGLAS, a Representative from Iowa; born in Holly, Orleans County, N.Y., February 29, 1840; attended the common schools; moved to Wisconsin and learned the printer's trade in Baraboo, Sauk County; moved to Iowa, established the Gazette in Cedar Falls in 1860, and continued that publication until 1866; enlisted as a private in Company B, Thirty-first Regiment, Iowa Volunteer Infantry, August 12, 1862, and served until January 12, 1863; went to Chicago, Ill., and was engaged as agent of the Northwestern Associated Press until 1869; moved to Sioux City, Iowa, in 1869 and became editor of the Journal; member of the State senate 1874-1876; commissioner of immigration for the State of Iowa 1880-1882; appointed United States marshal for the northern district of Iowa by President Arthur on January 29, 1883, and was removed by President Cleveland in 1885; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-second and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1899); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1898; resumed his journalistic activities at Sioux City, Iowa; delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1876, 1880, 1888, 1908, and 1912; unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Iowa in 1904; editor and publisher of the Sioux City Journal; died in Sioux City, Woodbury County, Iowa, February 3, 1914; interment in Floyd Cemetery.

State Historical Society of Iowa
Des Moines, IA
Papers: 1878-1912. ca. 1,200 items.
Correspondence and other papers from his newspaper work. Finding aid in repository.

  • Perkins, George Douglas. David Bremner Henderson. [Dubuque?: N.p., 1906].
  • Wright, Luella M. "Henry A. and George D. Perkins in the Campaign of 1860." Iowa Journal of History and Politics 42 (April 1944): 162-91.