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Perry, George Frederick, MD

Hon. George Frederick Perry, M. D., president of the Hamilton National Bank, was born December 5, 1846, in Benton county, Missouri, and is the son of Chris­tian Louis and Margaret Elizabeth (Olf) Perry. Our subject had a very fair com­mon-school education, and at the age of twenty began reading medicine under Dr. John Ray, of Cassville, Missouri. At twenty-one he set up for himself as a doctor of medicine at Corsicana, in that state; but he had hardly entered into the real practice of medicine than he began to feel his defi­ciencies; so that we are not surprised to find him enrolled among the students of St. Louis Medical College in 1869. He attended for a time, and then returned to his practice, and came back again to the school in 1874, to take his final degree as Doctor of Medi­cine. He was for a time at Rocky Com­fort, Missouri, and briefly at two or three other points. Arriving at Hamilton, March 18, 1878, he set up an office and ha s held it to this day. He had Dr. H. V. Gregg for a partner in 1882, an arrangement which continued for four years. He was also in partnership for a short time with Dr. Kooken. Up to six years ago he practiced reg­ularly, and did consultation and office work, but of late the cares of an increasing and growing business have drawn him away, at least to an extent, from the full profession of medicine. In 1878 he started a drug store, with a capital of only three hundred dollars. The business grew, and in 1881 he took in J. T. James as partner, and formed the firm of Perry & James, that has continued to the present time. Our subject began a private banking business in 1883, which was merged into the Hamilton National Bank October 27, 1890. It is an extensive institution for the southwestern country, commands a large business, and is firmly established upon a cash capital of $50,000. Our subject is its president, his brother, E. A. Perry, is cashier, J. T. James is vice-president, and the directors are J. J. Cleveland, J. A. Eidson and J. T. James. Dr. Perry is one of the most extensive landed proprietors of the county, owning over one thousand acres of valuable land. He was also largely inter­ested in a roller mill, which was put up in 1884, at a cost of twenty-two thousand dollars, and of which he was superintendent and treasurer. It had a daily capacity of fifty- four barrels, and was in operation nine years, when it was destroyed by fire. The broad-minded public spirit which has always actuated Dr. Perry was illustrated by his hearty co-operation with the effort to found and maintain a college in Hamilton county. He was president of the county association formed for that purpose. A building was put up costing seven thousand dollars, and conducted as a college for five years, but is now used as a public school by the town. Dr. Perry has always been a pro­nounced and ardent Democrat, and has been identified with the history of his party in Hamilton county for many years. In 1890 he was elected representative to the state legislature from Hamilton and Coryell counties, and held that office for a term of two years, but refused to run as a candi­date for re-election. Later on his name was up as a candidate for nomination for senator in the district composed of Hamilton, Mills, Lampasas and Coryell counties, but he lost the nomination by one vote. He is the present chairman of the Democratic con­gressional district committee, and has fre­quently attended national conventions of his party as alternate delegate. Mr. Perry was married March 4, 1866, to Sarah Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas and Martha Rowena (Bullock) Pogue. Mrs. Perry is a native of Barry county, Missouri, where she was born December 9, 1846. To them have been born three chil­dren, Irene being the name of the oldest daughter. She came to gladden her par­ents' hearts June 9, 1867, grew up to womanhood, and is now the wife of Joseph J. Cleveland, a liveryman of Hamilton. Ida P. was born April 11, 1871, and mar­ried A. H. Williams, assistant cashier of the Hamilton National Bank. Henrietta P., born September 6, 1873, is now the wife of William Graves, deputy clerk of Hamil­ton county. The father of our subject, Christian Perry, died in October, 1886, in Missouri. He was of English extraction, having been born in Leicester in the year 1820, and passed his life as a farmer. When fourteen years of age he accompanied his parents to Germany, where he remained until 1842. He was graduated at the University of Heidelberg, and found his wife in Ger­many. When twenty-four years of age he came to this country, bought land in Ben­ton county, Missouri, and passed the re­mainder of his life there. At the time of his death he was the owner of a valuable farm of two hundred acres. He was the father of twelve children, of whom eleven grew to maturity, and eight are now living. The grandfather of our subject, Henry Perry, died in 1859, at the age of sixty-eight, after a varied and eventful career, including service as a captain in the British infantry during the Napoleonic wars. He was captured in Italy and kept a prisoner of war for six years, in Verdun, France, and here he met and wooed his wife. He was afterward at the battle of Waterloo. He spent the last ten years of his life in this country. His father was a military man, and also served in the Napoleonic wars, dying on the island of Malta from a sabre stroke on the head. His father, Roland Perry, the great-great-grandfather of our subject, was a British captain and was killed at the storming of Quebec. Dr. Perry has probably done more for the building up of Hamilton than any other one citizen in it. He is a man of the utmost refinement, thoroughly progressive both in his spirit and in all his methods. He lends his voice to the right on every oc­casion, and is not afraid to come forward in behalf of his own convictions, even against great opposition. His spirit was shown by the very able support he gave to the move­ment for prohibition in the town of Hamil­ton. He stands among the richest business men of the county, and is considered one of its most respected and progressive citizens. Source: History of Texas, Central Texas, Vol I, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1896 Transcribed by Gene P -------------------

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