Perkins, George W. (George Walbridge), 1862-1920

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Financier, industrialist.

Perkins was a vice president of the New York Life Insurance Company, and a partner in the financial firm of J.P. Morgan. He also took an active part in the formation of the International Harvester Company, and the Northern Securities Company, and in the management of the U.S. Steel Corporation.

From the description of George W. Perkins papers, 1871-1920. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 298686852

BIOGHIST REQUIRED George W. Perkins, Jr. (1895-1960) was a diplomat who served as Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs under Dean Acheson, from 1949 to 1953, and as the US Permanent Representative to NATO, with rank of Ambassador, from 1955 to 1957.

BIOGHIST REQUIRED Perkins was born in 1895 to Evelina Ball Perkins and George W. Perkins. His father was a financier, member of J.P. Morgan & Co. and one of the founders of Theodore Roosevelt's Progressive Party. He was also president of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission from its creation in 1900 to 1920. George W. Perkins, Jr. pursued his undergraduate studies from 1913 to 1917 at Princeton University, and in 1921 received an MA from Columbia. During World War I, from 1917 to 1919, he served as a Lieutenant in the 1st Division of the US Army. While he was fighting in France in 1918, his wife, Katherine Trowbridge, whom he had married in 1917, died. In 1921 he married Linn Merck, daughter of George Merck, President of Merck and Co. The couple had three children.

BIOGHIST REQUIRED From 1921 to 1922, Perkins was Executive Secretary to Postmaster General Will Hays, and then, from 1927 to 1948, he acted as Executive Vice President of Merck and Co. He took a leave of absence during World War II, from 1942 to 1945, while he was a Colonel working for the Chemical Warfare Service of the US Army. He was awarded the Legion of Merit for his service.

BIOGHIST REQUIRED In 1949, President Harry Truman appointed Perkins, a Republican, to the post of Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs. In the four years he held this position, he advocated for a more open attitude toward Spain and helped to win financial aid for Yugoslavia from Congress, arguing that it would be a way of deterring the Soviet Union. President Dwight Eisenhower appointed him United States Permanent Representative on the Council of NATO in 1955, five years after Perkins had served as the US representative in the formation of NATO. In 1957 he was succeeded by W. Randolph Burgess.

BIOGHIST REQUIRED In his last years, Perkins was very devoted to the Palisades Park Interstate Commission, of which he had been a member since 1922. He became President in 1945 and served for 15 years. He died in 1960.

From the guide to the George W. Perkins, Jr. Papers, 1895-1990, [Bulk Dates: 1909-1960]., (Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

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referencedIn McCormick, Nettie Fowler, 1835-1923. Nettie Fowler McCormick correspondence, 1775-1939. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf George W. Perkins, Jr. Papers, 1895-1990, [Bulk Dates: 1909-1960]. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Perkins, George W. (George Walbridge), 1862-1920. George W. Perkins papers, 1871-1920. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Albert Jeremiah Beveridge Papers, 1788-1943, (bulk 1886-1927) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn National Civic Federation records, 1894-1949, 1900-1920 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Beer family papers, 1740-1981, 1827-1981 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Portraits, ca. 1852-ca. 2004 Harvard University Archives.
creatorOf Davis, Charles Henry, 1865-. Theodore Roosevelt Collection: Progressive Party archives, 1912-1916. Houghton Library
referencedIn Franke, Carl F., 1871-1940. Papers, 1900-1919. Iowa State Historical Society
referencedIn Crowther, Samuel, 1880-1947. The intimate story of the panic of 1907 : typescript, [19--]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Theodore Roosevelt Collection: Books, pamphlets, periodicals, 18-- - <ongoing> Theodore Roosevelt Collection, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Perkins, George W. (George Walbridge), 1862-1920. Telegram, 1913, November 15, New York City [to] Mr. Edwin Markham, Staten Island, New York / Geo W. Perkins. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
referencedIn Lissner, Meyer, b. 1871. Meyer Lissner papers, 1903-1923 (bulk 1910-1920). Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn United States Sanitary Commission records. Army and Navy Claim Agency archives, 1861-1870 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Ben B. Lindsey papers Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Van Valkenburg, Edwin Augustus, 1869-1932. Papers, 1907-1932. Houghton Library
referencedIn Meyer Lissner Papers, 1903-1923 (inclusive), 1910-1920 (bulk) Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Beer family. Beer family papers, 1740-1981 (inclusive), 1827-1981 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Theodore Roosevelt Papers, 1759-1993, (bulk 1878-1919) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Brown, Walter Folger, 1869-1961. Walter F. Brown Papers [microform], 1907-1950. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
referencedIn William Roscoe Thayer papers, 1762-1927 (inclusive), 1872-1921 (bulk) Houghton Library
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Relation Name
associatedWith Beer family family
associatedWith Beer family. family
correspondedWith Beveridge, Albert Jeremiah, 1862-1927. person
associatedWith Brown, Walter Folger, 1869-1961. person
associatedWith Crowther, Samuel, 1880-1947. person
associatedWith Franke, Carl F., 1871-1940. person
associatedWith International Harvester Company. corporateBody
associatedWith J.P. Morgan & Co. corporateBody
correspondedWith Lindsey, Ben B. (Ben Barr), 1869-1943. person
associatedWith Lissner, Meyer, 1871-1930 person
associatedWith Lissner, Meyer, b. 1871. person
associatedWith Markham, Edwin, 1852-1940, person
associatedWith McCormick, Nettie Fowler, 1835-1923. person
associatedWith Morgan, J. P. (John Pierpont), 1867-1943. person
associatedWith National Civic Federation corporateBody
associatedWith New York Life Insurance Company. corporateBody
associatedWith North Atlantic Treaty Organization. corporateBody
associatedWith Northern Securities Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Palisades Interstate Park Commission. corporateBody
correspondedWith Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919. person
correspondedWith Thayer, William Roscoe, 1859-1923 person
associatedWith United States Sanitary Commission corporateBody
associatedWith United States Steel Corporation. corporateBody
associatedWith Van Valkenburg, Edwin Augustus, 1869-1932. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Palisades Interstate Park.
United States
United States
Agricultural machinery industry
Banks and banking
Chemical warfare
Insurance companies
Insurance companies
Life insurance
Steel industry and trade
World War, 1914-1918
World War, 1939-1945
Capitalists and financiers


Birth 1862-01-31

Death 1920-06-18



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