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PERRY, AARON, JR.

PERRY, AARON, JR. (ca. 1810–1874). Aaron Perry, Jr., state legislator and farmer, was born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, about 1810. He was the son of Aaron Perry, Sr., and Mary (Kerr) Perry. Perry lived with his parents in Greensboro, North Carolina. In 1824 the family and their slaves moved to Morgan County, Alabama. On August 2, 1832, Perry married Susan E. Fowler in Morgan County. They had four daughters and two sons. He was elected as a Democrat to the Alabama state legislature in 1844 and served for two years.

In 1846, after the death of his wife, Perry moved his family and slaves to Texas and settled in the town of Springfield in Limestone County. The 1850 census listed Perry with five of his children still in the household. In 1859 he was elected as a House representative for Limestone, Freestone, and Falls counties to the Eighth Texas Legislature, where he served on the Agricultural Affairs, Finance, and Public Buildings committees. He was also elected to the House of the Ninth Texas Legislature and chaired the Contingent Expenses Committee. The 1860 census listed Perry as a farmer in Springfield, Texas. Apparently he never remarried. He died in June 1874 and was buried in Limestone County.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

“Jemima Perry Henry,” Find A Grave Memorial (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=97096399&PIpi=75904344 ), accessed April 22, 2014. Legislative Reference Library of Texas: Aaron Perry (http://www.lrl.state.tx.us/legeLeaders/members/memberDisplay.cfm?memberID=4949&searchparams=chamber=~city=~countyID=0~RcountyID=~district=~first=~gender=~last=perry~leaderNote=~leg=~party=~roleDesc=~Committee= ), accessed April 22, 2014.

Laurie E. Jasinski
Laurie E. Jasinski

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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Laurie E. Jasinski, "PERRY, AARON, JR.," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fpe98), accessed October 20, 2014. Uploaded on April 22, 2014. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.