Sidney Perham

Sidney Perham (March 27, 1819 – April 9, 1907) was a U.S. Representative and the 33rd Governor of Maine and was an activist in the temperance movement.

Sidney Perham
Secretary of State of Maine
In office
Preceded byGeorge B. Stacy
Succeeded byS. J. Chadbourne
33rd Governor of Maine
In office
January 4, 1871 – January 7, 1874
Preceded byJoshua L. Chamberlain
Succeeded byNelson Dingley, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1869
Preceded byT.A.D. Fessenden
Succeeded bySamuel P. Morrill
Member of the Maine House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1819-03-27)March 27, 1819
Woodstock, Massachusetts
(now Maine)
DiedApril 10, 1907(1907-04-10) (aged 88)
Washington, D.C.
Political partyRepublican
Signature of Sidney Perham


Born in Woodstock (in modern-day Maine, then a part of Massachusetts) to Joel and Sophronia Bisbee Perham, Perham attended common schools as a child, engaged in agricultural pursuits and briefly attended Bates College, but left to pursue a passion for agriculture. He was elected a member of the Maine Board of Agriculture in 1853, was a member of the Maine House of Representatives in 1854, serving as Speaker of the House that one year, and was clerk of the courts of Oxford County, Maine from 1859 to 1863. He was elected a Republican to the United States House of Representatives in 1862, serving from 1863 to 1869, not being a candidate for renomination in 1868. There, Perham served as chairman of the Committee on Invalid Pensions from 1865 to 1869. He served as president of the board of trustees of Westbrook Seminary in Deering, Maine from 1865 to 1880. In September 1870, Perham was elected Governor of Maine, serving from 1871 to 1874. He replaced former American Civil War General Joshua Chamberlain as governor. He was president of the board of trustees of Maine Industrial School in Hallowell, Maine from 1873 to 1898 and was Secretary of State of Maine in 1875. Perham served as a fellow at Bates College from 1871 to 1873.[1] Perham served as appraiser in the United States Customhouse in Portland, Maine from 1877 to 1885 and was a member of the board of trustees of the Universalist General Convention for twenty-seven years, serving as its president for some time. He died in Washington, D.C. on April 9, 1907[2] and was interred in Lakeside Cemetery in Bryant Pond, Maine.

References and external linksEdit

  • United States Congress. "Sidney Perham (id: P000226)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Biography of Sidney Perham
  • Hon. Sidney Perham Representative men of Maine. A collection of portraits with biographical sketches of residents of the state, who have achieved success ... to which is added the portraits and sketches of all the governors since the formation of the state ... Prepared under the direction of Henry Chase. Portland, Me., The Lakeside press, 1893.


  1. ^ General Catalogue of Bates College and Cobb Divinity School, 1863-1915 by Bates College Lewiston, Me, Me Lewiston, Cobb Divinity School Lewiston, Me, Cobb Divinity School, Bates College (Lewiston, Me.) Cobb divinity school, Me.) Bates College (Lewiston, Published by The College, 1915)[1]
  2. ^ "District of Columbia Deaths, 1874-1961", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 3 December 2014), Sidney Perham, 1907.

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 2nd congressional district

March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1869
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Governor of Maine
Succeeded by
Preceded by
George B. Stacy
Secretary of State of Maine
Succeeded by
S.J. Chadbourne
Party political offices
Preceded by Republican nominee for Governor of Maine
1870, 1871, 1872
Succeeded by