William Goodhue Perley
|William Goodhue Perley|
June 4, 1820|
Enfield, New Hampshire
|Died||April 1, 1890
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
|Spouse(s)||Mabel Elvira Ticknor Stevens (1st wife), Georgiana Maria Gale (2nd wife)|
William Goodhue Perley (June 4, 1820 – April 1, 1890) was a businessman and member of the Canadian House of Commons from 1887 to 1890.
He was born in Enfield, New Hampshire in 1820. His emigrant ancestor was Allan Perley. During the 1840s, he established a lumber business based on timber from northern New York. As high quality wood became harder to find, Perley and his partner, Gordon B. Pattee, decided to relocate to the Ottawa Valley and established sawmills near Ottawa supplying wood to the United States.
With other timber interests, in 1866, he helped establish the Ottawa City Passenger Railway Company, a system of horse-drawn trams, which provided transportation for people but also moved lumber from the sawmills to ships and trains. Perley, with J.R. Booth and others, helped develop railways in the region, including the Canada Atlantic Railway and the Ottawa, Arnprior & Parry Sound Railway.
Although his business had originally benefited from reciprocal trade agreements between Canada and the United States, later in life, he supported protective tariffs to help develop the economy of Canada.
Perley died in Ottawa in 1890 while still in office.
- "William Goodhue Perley". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2016.
- William Goodhue Perley – Parliament of Canada biography