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Marsden J. Perry
Birth: Nov. 2, 1850
Bristol County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Apr. 15, 1935
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Prominent Industrialist, and Banker; Notable Art Collector and Philanthropist. Direct descendant of Anthony Perry (d. 1683), one of the original settlers of Rehoboth, Mass. Son of Horatio Perry (1814-1853), and Malvina Wilson Perry (b. 1829). Born in Rehoboth, he attended district schools. When twelve years old he enlisted in a Massachusetts Company and served throughout the Civil War in the office of the Provost Marshall. At the age of twenty-one he moved to Providence, R.I. and entered the banking business; becoming director of the Bank of America. Known as "the man who owned Rhode Island", his business ventures earned him his fortune and touched the daily lives of most of the population of south-eastern New England. Perry's influence could be felt in their electric and gas utilities, running water, and rail transportation. In 1901 he acquired, as his residence, the historic John Brown House in Providence (built 1786). Perry filled it with his collections of priceless 18th Century furniture, Chinese porcelains, and the finest and most complete collection of Shakespeariana in existence at that time. He also collected the manuscripts and books of George Washington, and authors such as Lewis Carroll, and the art works and writings of William Morris. His collection of Rhode Island history covering everything pertaining to the people of the State, from its beginnings, he donated to the Brown University Library; he sponsored the complete restoration of historic University Hall at Brown. Retired from active business, Marsden Perry passed away at his New York home at the age of eighty-four. (bio by: Robert Bruce) 
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  Marsden Jalael Perry (1902 - 1970)*
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Swan Point Cemetery
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA
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Record added: Jul 09, 2004
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Marsden J. Perry
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Remembering Marsden Perry on this Anniversary of his passing ~ with a view of his residence, the 'John Brown House', in Providence, Rhode Island . . . that he filled with his accumulated treasures.
- Robert Bruce
 Added: Apr. 15, 2014
Remembering you on this Anniversary of your Birth, Mr. Perry. Pictured ~ The beautiful fountain you had installed at the historic 'John Brown House' ~ your home in Providence . . . later brought to Swan Point Cemetery, where you now rest. Contributor's ph...(Read more)
- Robert Bruce
 Added: Nov. 2, 2013

- Tracey Reid
 Added: Nov. 2, 2013
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