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Caesar Perkins

Member From: 1869 - 1888

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  • Birth Date: March 1839 Birth Place:Buckingham County, VA
  • Death Date: September 22, 1910
  • Gender: Male Race: African American
  • Spouse: Susannah or Susan; Lucy J. Claiborne (m. December 14, 1899)
  • Children: Two daughters
  • Religion: Baptist
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  • Occupation/Profession: Storekeeper and Pastor
  • Memberships/Affiliations: Fork Union Baptist Church (trustee), Zion Grove Baptist Church, Slate River Baptist Association (treasurer)
  • Additional Info Links: Bio from Encyclopedia Virginia
    Bio from Virginia's Martin Luther King Jr. Commission
  • Bio: Caesar Perkins served two separate terms in the House of Delegates eighteen years apart (1869–1871, 1887–1888). Born enslaved, Perkins became a leader within Buckingham County‘s African American community after the American Civil War (1860–1865). In 1869 he won one of the locality’s two seats in the General Assembly’s lower house. Outside of politics Perkins purchased 628 acres in 1870, and later operated a general store and two ordinaries. He became an ordained Baptist minister by 1877. Perkins remained involved with public affairs, following most African American politicians into the short-lived Readjuster Party and then into the Republican Party. He won his second term in 1887, representing Brunswick and Caroline counties. He died in Richmond and was buried in Buckingham County.
Session District District Number Party Leadership Committees
1869-1871 Buckingham Radical Republican/Readjuster Claims
1887-1888 Cumberland and Buckingham Republican Claims Committee (Dates Unknown)
Labor and the Poor Committee
Manufactures and Mechanic Arts Committee

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