Randolph Perkins

Randolph Perkins ( born November 30, 1871 in Dunellen, New Jersey, † May 25 1936 in Washington DC ) was an American politician. Between 1921 and 1936 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


In 1879, Randolph Perkins came with his parents to Jersey City, where he attended the public schools. After he graduated from the Cooper Union School in New York City. After a subsequent law degree in 1893 and its recent approval as a lawyer in Jersey City, he began to work in this profession. In 1902 he moved to Westfield in 1909 after Woodcliff Lake. In both places, he practiced as a lawyer. At the same time he began a political career as a member of the Republican Party. In the years 1903 to 1905 Perkins served as Mayor of Westfield. Between 1905 and 1911 he was a member of the New Jersey General Assembly, which he was president in 1907. From 1911 to 1916 he led the party presidency of the Republicans in Bergen County.

In the congressional elections of 1920, Perkins was chosen in the sixth constituency of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, where he became the successor of John R. Ramsey on March 4, 1921. After seven elections he could remain until his death on 25 May 1936 at the Congress. Since 1933, he represented there as a successor to George N. Seger the seventh district of his state. From 1925 to 1931 he was chairman of the Committee on Coinage, Weights and Measures. Since 1933, the first New Deal legislation of the Federal Government were adopted under President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Congress. In 1933 was also the 20th and the 21st Amendment to the Constitution ratified. Perkins was involved in the years 1933 and 1936, also in the implementation of impeachment proceedings against the two federal Judge Harold Louderback and Halsted L. Ritter.

At the time of his death Randolph Perkins was nominated by his party for re already re-election. He died unexpectedly of a kidney infection.