William Coulling Perry was born in Essex County,
England, October 28, 1854. He grew to manhood on the farm where
he was born, receiving his education in the country schools.
In 1873 he came to America and located in Ft.
Scott, Kas. Deciding upon the profession of law, he entered the
offices of General Charles W. Blair, and after two years of study was
admitted to the bar in 1875. He was afterwards admitted to
partnership with General Blair.
Mr. Perry took an active interest in Kansas
politics from the commencement of his residence in Ft. Scott, and
identified himself prominently with the Democratic party, and was
chairman of the Democratic State Committee during several important campaigns.
In 1884 he was appointed United States
District Attorney by President Cleveland, and in 1892, when Mr.
Cleveland was elected again, he appointed Mr. Perry a second time to
that important office.
Mr. Perry came to Kansas City in 1899, and is
now a member of the law firm of Holmes & Perry.
He married Miss Massey, of Washington, D. C.,
in 1887, and they have two children, W. C., Jr., and Katherine.