George Clement Perkins

George Clement Perkins ( born August 23, 1839 in Kennebunkport, Maine, † February 26, 1923 in Oakland, California ) was an American politician. He served as the 14th Governor of the State of California, which he also represented in the U.S. Senate.

Early years

The young Perkins enjoyed a mediocre education. At the age of twelve he hired as a cabin boy at a shipping company and drove a few years at sea. He then tried his luck in various fields such as in agriculture as farmers and ranchers, mining, and as whalers or in the steam navigation. His true passion, however, should be the policy.

Political career

Perkins joined the Republican Party and was from 1869 to 1876 Member of the Senate of California. Subsequently, he was elected governor of the state. He was inaugurated on 8 January 1880 and practiced it out until 10 January 1883. After the end of its term in 1886, he tried unsuccessfully at first, to be elected to the U.S. Senate. After the death of Senator Leland Stanford, but he then took from 26 July 1893 the vacant become a seat in Congress. In the following years, Perkins has been repeatedly re-elected. He remained until March 3, 1915 as Senator in Washington. During this time he was a member of several Senate committees. He was temporarily Chairman of the Fisheries Committee and a member of the committees on naval affairs and for the railway system. He also sat in the Committee on Civil Service and Retrenchment.

After he resigned from the Senate in 1915, he moved back to Oakland. He died there on 26 February 1923.