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General Simon Perkins


Gen. Simon Perkins

Was born in Lisbon, Conn., September 17, 1771; employed by the Erie Land Company to explore the "Connecticut Western Reserve;". as agent of the company, spent his summers in Ohio and his winters in Connecticut, until his marriage, on March 18,1804 to Miss. Nancy Anna Bishop. of Lisbon, born January 24, 1780, when he permanently settled in Warren; postmaster of Warren from 1801 till 1829, also special agent of Government in establishing local offices, treating with Indians, etc.

As Brigadier General of militia. August, 1812, took command of troops in defense of northwestern frontier ; at close of campaign, Feb., 1813, warmly commended by Gen. Harrison, for energetic and faithful performance of duty; tender of Colonel's commission in regular army by President Madison declined by reason of pressing private and fiduciary duties ; in 1813 organized Western Reserve Bank, and its President until 1836 ; Ohio Canal Fund Commissioner from 1826 to 1838 ; in connection with Paul Williams, in 1825, founded the village of Akron, and in 1831, in connection with Judge Leicester King and Dr. Eliakim Crosby, that portion since known as North Akron, liberally donating grounds for public buildings, parks, churches, etc.

General Perkins died at Warren, November 6, 1844, age 73 years, 1 month and 19 days. His wife dying April 24, 1862, age 82 years and 3 months.

The mansion of his son, Colonel Simon Perkins was constructed near historic Portage Path in Akron between 1835 and 1837. It is one of Akron's finest tourist attractions.

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