Nathan D. Perlman

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Nathan D. Perlman
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 14th district
In office
November 2, 1920 – March 3, 1927
Preceded by Fiorello H. LaGuardia
Succeeded by William I. Sirovich
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the New York County, 6th district
In office
January 1, 1915 – December 31, 1917
Preceded by William Sulzer
Succeeded by Elmer Rosenberg
Personal details
Born Nathan David Perlman
(1887-08-02)August 2, 1887
Prusice, Poland
Died June 29, 1952(1952-06-29) (aged 64)
New York City
Political party Republican
Alma mater College of the City of New York
New York University Law School

Nathan David Perlman (August 2, 1887 – June 29, 1952) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.


Born in Prusice, Poland,[1][2] Perlman immigrated to the United States in 1891 with his mother where they settled in New York City. After attending the city's public schools he pursued higher education by attending College of the City of New York; and New York University Law School. Perlman graduated from law school in 1907, was admitted to the bar in 1909, and practiced law in New York City.

Perlman was a Special Deputy New York Attorney General from 1912 to 1914; and a member of the New York State Assembly (New York Co., 6th D.) in 1915, 1916 and 1917.

He was elected as a Republican to the 66th United States Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Fiorello H. La Guardia. Perlman was re-elected to the 67th, 68th and 69th United States Congresses, holding office from November 2, 1920, to March 3, 1927.

Afterwards Perlman resumed the practice of law. He was a delegate to the New York State Convention to enact the 21st Amendment, and then became a New York City Magistrate serving from May 1, 1935, to September 1, 1936.

Perlman wanted to disrupt rallies in New York organized by the German American Bund, but not could find any legal means or justification to do so. Setting the law aside, Perlman then conspired with the organized crime figure Meyer Lansky to violently attack the rallies using Jewish mobsters. These attacks went on for months.[3]

At the New York state election, 1936, he ran on the Republican ticket for New York Attorney General but was defeated by the incumbent John J. Bennett, Jr. He was then appointed as a justice of the Court of Special Sessions of the City of New York on November 26, 1936, and was re-appointed on July 1, 1945.

Perlman was a senior official of the American Jewish Congress and, in 1945, consulted with and provided assistance to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson, President Truman's appointee to serve as chief U.S. prosecutor of Nazi war criminals.

Perlaman died at Beth Israel Hospital in New York City, and was buried at Mount Hebron Cemetery in Queens.[1]

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
William Sulzer
New York State Assembly
New York County, 6th District

Succeeded by
Elmer Rosenberg
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Fiorello H. LaGuardia
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 14th congressional district

Succeeded by
William I. Sirovich