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PERKINS, Joseph, capitalist, born in Warren, Trumbull County, Ohio, 5 July, 1819" died in Saratoga Springs, New York, 26 August, 1885. His father was in 1798 appointed by the Erie land company agent and surveyor for their lands on the Western Reserve, and acted in that, capacity till 1844, accumulating a large property. The son was graduated at Marietta college in 1889, and entered his father's office, taking entire charge of his estate at the latter's death five years later. He removed to Cleveland in 1852, and did much to build up that city. He became president of the National bank of commerce, and was identified with a large number of business and benevolent institutions, acquiring a reputation for probity and benevolence. One of his favorite charities was the Protestant orphan asylum of Cleveland. He was its founder, and for many years its president and principal benefactor.
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