William H. Perry (South Carolina politician)

William Hayne Perry (June 9, 1839 – July 7, 1902) was a United States representative from South Carolina. He was born in Greenville, South Carolina, where he attended Greenville Academy, and graduated from Furman University at Greenville in 1857. He also attended South Carolina College (now the University of South Carolina) at Columbia, South Carolina and graduated from Harvard University in 1859. Later, he studied law in Greenville and was admitted to the bar in 1861 and commenced practice in Greenville.

William H. Perry
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1891
Preceded byJohn Bratton
Succeeded byGeorge W. Shell
Member of the South Carolina Senate from Greenville County
In office
November 23, 1880 – November 25, 1884
Preceded byStephen Stanley Crittenden
Succeeded byWilliam Lawrence Mauldin
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from Greenville County
In office
November 27, 1865 – December 21, 1866
Personal details
BornJune 9, 1839
Greenville, South Carolina
DiedJuly 7, 1902(1902-07-07) (aged 63)
Greenville, South Carolina
Resting placeChrist Church (Greenville, South Carolina)
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Louise Bankhead
Alma materFurman University
South Carolina College
Harvard University
Military service
Allegiance Confederate States of America
Branch/service Confederate States Army
RankConfederate States of America First Lieutenant.png First Lieutenant
UnitConfederate cavalry
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War

Perry served as a private and subsequently as lieutenant in the Confederate Cavalry during the American Civil War. He resumed the practice of law in Greenville in 1865. He served as a member of the State constitutional convention in 1865 and a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1865 and 1866. He was the solicitor of the eighth judicial circuit of South Carolina 1868-1872 and served in the South Carolina Senate 1880–1884.

Perry was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-ninth, Fiftieth, and Fifty-first Congresses (March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1891). He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1890. After leaving Congress, he resumed the practice of law. He died at his home, "San Souci," near Greenville, in 1902 and was buried in Christ Church Cemetery, Greenville, South Carolina.


He was the son of Benjamin Franklin Perry (November 20, 1805 – December 3, 1886) and Elizabeth Frances McCall. In 1888, he married Louise Bankhead, daughter of Congressman and later U.S. Senator John H. Bankhead.[1]


  1. ^ Bailey, N. Louise; Morgan, Mary L.; Taylor, Carolyn R. (January 5, 1986). Biographical Directory of the South Carolina Senate, 1776–1985. University of South Carolina Press. ISBN 9780872494794 – via Google Books.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 4th congressional district

1885 – 1891
Succeeded by