John J. Perry
Born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Perry moved with his parents to Hebron (now Oxford), Maine, in 1812. He attended the common schools and Maine Wesleyan Seminary. He became deputy sheriff of Oxford County and served as member of the state house of representatives in 1840, 1842, 1843, and 1872. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1844, commencing practice in Oxford. He served as member of the state senate in 1846 and 1847 and as clerk of the state house of representatives in 1854.
Perry was elected as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1857). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1856. He was then elected as a Republican to the Thirty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1859 – March 3, 1861). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1860. He served as member of the peace convention in 1861 held in Washington, D.C., in an effort to devise means to prevent the impending war.
He was editor of the Oxford Democrat from 1860 to 1875 and extensively connected with newspapers, both in and out of the state, as correspondent. He served as member of the state executive council in 1866 and 1867. He moved to Portland, Maine, in 1875 and engaged in the practice of his profession until his death in that city on May 2, 1897. He was interred in Evergreen Cemetery.