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PERRY, Edward Aylesworth, governor of Florida, born in Richmond, Berkshire county, Massachusetts, 15 March, 1833. He entered Yale in the class of 1854, but left college in 1853 and went to Alabama, where he studied law, was admitted to the bar in "1857, and began practice in Pensacola, Florida At the beginning of the civil war he became captain of a company that he raised for the Confederate service, and was made colonel of his regiment, which he commanded at Seven Pines and the other battles around Richmond, being wounded at Fraser's farm. He was then made brigadier-general, and led a brigade in the Army of Northern Virginia, which lost a larger number of men at Gettysburg than any other on the Confederate side. He was wounded a second time at the battle of the Wilderness in May, 1864. At the close of the war Gem Perry resumed practice in Pensacola. He was elected governor of Florida for four years from January, 1885.
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