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PERKINS, Simon, pioneer, born in Norwich, Connecticut, 17 September, 1771 ; died in Warren, Ohio, 19 November, 1844. His father was a captain in the Revolutionary army, and died in camp. The son removed to Oswego, New York, in 1795, where he spent three years in extensive hind operations. In 1804 he settled on the " Reserve" at Warren, Ohio, where he held extensive land agencies, and in 1815 paid into the public treasury land-taxes that amounted to one seventh the entire revenue of the state. He was the first postmaster in the " Western Reserve," and was intrusted with the arrangement of other post-offices in that region. In 1807, at the request of the government, he established expresses through the Indian country to Detroit. In the autumn of 1808 he was instrumental in securing the treaty of Brownsville, whereby the Indians ceded lands for a road from the Reserve to Miami of the Lakes. In May, 1808, he was commissioned a brigadier-general of militia, and after the disaster of General Hull's army at Detroit he was assigned the duty of protecting a large part of the northwestern frontier. He retired from the army, 28 February. 1813, and afterward declined a commission of colonel in the regular army, which was offered to him by President Harrison. General Perkins was at the head of a commission that was intrusted with the arrangement and execution of the canal system of Ohio, and from 1826 till 1838 was an active member of the board of canal-fund commissioners.
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