Biography of Dr. Joshua Perkins
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JOSHUA PERKINS, D.D.S., DANIELSONVILLE.

Dr. Joshua Perkins is a descendant of the sixth generation of John Perkins, who came from Newent, Gloucester County, England, in 1631, and settled in Ipswich, Mass., and some of whose descendants settled in Lisbon, Conn., then included in the town of Norwich, Conn. He was born in Lisbon, Conn., April 16, 1818, attended the common district school until twelve years of age, and at fifteen taught a district school, and, as most all teachers did at that time, " boarded around in the district."

At seventeen years of age he was fitted for college at Plainfield Academy, under the instruction of that excellent and respected teacher, John Witter, and in the same class that included Dr. Lowell Holbrook of Thompson, Dr. Elijah Baldwin of Canterbury, and Hon. Albert H. Almy of Norwich, now of New York, and other classmates from this and other states. He did not enter college, as did many of his classmates.

At nineteen he was chosen captain of the Sixth infantry company, Eighteenth regiment of Connecticut militia. Alter serving three years and having no taste or ambition for military matters he resigned the captaincy of the company.

Having followed mercantile business in the then "far west" for a number of years, he returned to Lisbon, then, after a few years, he came to Danielsonville, where he has followed a successful and remunerative practice of dentistry for more than thirty years.

In religion he is a Unitarian, and in politics he can say of himself, "I am a democrat." He has taken an active interest in local matters and political questions. He was clerk and treasurer of the borough of Danielsomrille six years ('57 to '63); was warden of the borough three years ('83 to '86); was registrar of voters in the town of Killingly three years ('69 to '72); was a member of the board of education three years ('77 to '80); and is now and has been for many years past a town auditor. He was a delegate to the Union National Convention in Philadelphia in 1866, and a delegate to the Democratic National Convention at Chicago in 1884, which nominated President Cleveland, and was by his fellow delegates chosen a vice president of that convention. Dr. Perkins has long been a recognized and trusted leader of the democratic party in his town, and is well known in Windham county as an efficient organizer and worker in the democratic ranks. He has twice ('83 and '88) received the nomination for state senator in the Sixteenth senatorial district. Unfortunately for him and the democratic party he is in a town and a senatorial district dominated by adverse political conditions, otherwise his well known abilities would have done his party able service in a broader field than his town limits. As a writer and speaker Dr. Perkins is direct and effective and is worthy of and has the confidence of his party.

From:
Illustrated Popular Biography
Of Connecticut
Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding
Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co.
Hartford, Conn. 1891


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