Bishop W. Perkins

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Bishop Walden Perkins
United States Senator
from Kansas
In office
January 1, 1892 – March 3, 1893
Appointed byLyman U. Humphrey
Preceded byPreston B. Plumb
Succeeded byJohn Martin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1891
Preceded byThomas Ryan
Succeeded byBenjamin H. Clover
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's at-large district
In office
March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1885
Preceded byStephen A. Cobb
Succeeded byseat eliminated
Personal details
Born(1841-10-18)October 18, 1841
Rochester, Ohio, U.S.
DiedJune 20, 1894(1894-06-20) (aged 52)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Resting placeRock Creek Cemetery
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyRepublican

Bishop Walden Perkins (October 18, 1841 – June 20, 1894) was a United States representative and Senator from Kansas. Born in Rochester, Ohio, he attended the common schools and Knox College (Galesburg, Illinois). He prospected for gold through California and New Mexico from 1860 to 1862 and served four years in the Union Army during the Civil War as sergeant, adjutant, and captain. He studied law in Ottawa, Illinois and was admitted to the bar in 1867, commencing the practice of law in Princeton, Indiana. He moved to Oswego, Kansas and continued practice; he was a local county attorney for the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad for two years and prosecuting attorney of Labette County in 1869. He was a judge of the probate court of Labette County from 1870 to 1882, and became editor of the Oswego Register in 1873.

Perkins was elected as a Republican to the Forty-eighth and to the three succeeding Congresses, serving from March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1891. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1890 to the Fifty-second Congress, but was appointed to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Preston B. Plumb, and served from January 1, 1892, to March 3, 1893, when a successor was elected and qualified. He resumed the practice of his profession in Washington, D.C., and died there in 1894; interment was in Rock Creek Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "Bishop W. Perkins (id: P000228)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's at-large congressional district

March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1885
Succeeded by
seat eliminated
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 3rd congressional district

March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1891
Succeeded by
U.S. Senate
Preceded by U.S. senator (Class 2) from Kansas
Served alongside: William A. Peffer
Succeeded by