William Hayne PERRY, Congress, SC (1839-1902)


PERRY, William Hayne, a Representative from South Carolina; born in Greenville, Greenville County, S.C., June 9, 1839; attended Greenville Academy, and was graduated from Furman University at Greenville in 1857; attended South Carolina College (now the University of South Carolina) at Columbia, and was graduated from Harvard University in 1859; studied law in Greenville; was admitted to the bar in 1861 and commenced practice in Greenville; served as a private and subsequently as lieutenant in the Confederate Cavalry during the Civil War; resumed the practice of law in Greenville in 1865; member of the State constitutional convention in 1865; member of the State house of representatives in 1865 and 1866; solicitor of the eighth judicial circuit of South Carolina 1868-1872; served in the State senate 1880-1884; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-ninth, Fiftieth, and Fifty-first Congresses (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1891); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1890; resumed the practice of law; died at his home, “San Souci,” near Greenville, S.C., July 7, 1902; interment in Christ Church Cemetery, Greenville, S.C.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present