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Sidney Perley (1858-1928), Lawyer & Historian

This month, WeRelate looks at the Person Page of Sidney Perley, born 6 March 1858 in Boxford, Essex County, Massachusetts, son of Humphrey Perley (1808-1901) and his wife Eunice Peabody (1823-1898). In 1885 Mr. Perley graduated from Boston University law school and was admitted to the Suffolk bar that same year. From 1881 to 1886 he acted as auditor of the town of Boxford. Soon after his graduation Mr. Perley moved to Salem, where he practiced law. He was interested in the Prohibition and Republican parties and at one time was a candidate for attorney-general and for mayor of Salem. As an author and poet Mr. Perley was widely known. He wrote the “History of Medford",”History of Salem”, “Historic Storms of New England”, “Dwellings of Boxford”, "Poets of Essex Country” and several law publications. From 1890-1909 he was editor of the “Essex Aniquarium". Mr. Perley belonged to the Essex Institute, which he joined in 1881. He was also a member of the New England Historic-Genealogical Society of Boston. On June 11, 1889, he married Miss Harriet Hood Spofford of Georgetown who survived him as did a daughter Miss Eleanor Perley and a son, Richard Perley, a Salem attorney. This Person Page, is a good example of the type of Page that you can add to WeRelate for your ancestors. (learn more...)