Ohio History Journal

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164 Ohio Arch

164         Ohio Arch. and His. Society Publications.





Hon. Henry B. Perkins, a life member, from its organization, of the

Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, died at his home in

Warren, Trumbull county, Ohio, on March 2, 1902. He was a worthy

descendant of a noble family of New England

stock, a family that has a conspicuous history in

the settlement of the Western Reserve. Mr. Per-

kins was born in Warren, Ohio, March 19, 1824.

His father was General Simon Perkins, who rep-

resented leading proprietors of the Land Com-

pany and ownership in the Connecticut Western

Reserve. General Simon Perkins and his sons were

most influential in the building up of industrial

and commercial enterprises in Cleveland, Akron,

Warren and other localities in Northwestern Ohio.

General Perkins died in 1844; Henry Bishop Perkins was his youngest

son. He inherited large wealth from his successful father and by

his integrity, industry and ability, greatly increased the same.  Bu

he lived for more than the material.  He was unselfishly devoted to

family and friends. He was in sympathy with all practical influences for

the betterment of his fellow men-betterment mentally and morally. He

was generous to religious, charitable and educational institutions. He

was a constant worker for the uplifting of the masses, and besides serv-

ing on the Warren board of education for years, with his brothers en-

dowed a professorship in Western Reserve college. He twice served

on the state board of agriculture, was a trustee of Ohio Agricultural and

Mechanical college, now the Ohio State University. Mr. Perkins al-

ways took a deep interest in the promulgation of the best literature and

was one of the most active agents in the establishment and growth of

the Warren Public Library.

In 1878 the governor of Ohio appointed him a member of a com-

mission of three to serve with a similar commission from Pennsylvania,

in re-establishing the Ohio-Pennsylvania line.

From 1879-1883 he represented Trumbull and Mahoning counties

in the state senate, and for many years he was one of the trustees of the

State Hospital for Insane in Cleveland. In 1888 he was a presidential

elector for Harrison, all the honors conferred upon him being unsolicited.

October 10, 1855, he married Eliza G. Baldwin, daughter of Mr.

and Mrs. Norman C. Baldwin of Cleveland, who survives him. The

children living are Olive, wife of Judge Samuel Smith of Cleveland; Miss

Mary, and Jacob, who live at home.

His benevolence, always unostentatiously bestowed, can be remem-

bered in hundreds of Warren homes, and no public charity ever appealed

to him without recognition.