SOURCE: History of Laclede, Camden, Dallas, Webster, Wright, Texas, Pulaski, Phelps and Dent Counties, Missouri -published 1889
JOSEPH DUDLEY PERKINS, lawyer and jurist, was born in 1853, two miles north of Farmington, in St. Francis Co., MO. His parents were Isaac Hardin and Nancy Elizabeth Perkins, whose married life extended over a period of more than fifty years, and who celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1896. The founders of the Perkins family in America came to this country from England early in the seventeenth century, and the branch of the family to which Judge Perkins belongs, settled in Virginia. His great-grandfather, whose name was John Perkins, resided in either Buckingham or Albemarle County, and served in the American Army during the War of the Revolution. He was prominent also as a Freemason. The grandfather of Judge Perkins, whose name he bears, was born and reared in Virginia and there married Mary Faucee. About the year 1820 they removed to Shelby County, Kentucky, remaining there until the year 1837, when they came to St. Francis County, Missouri. There the head of the family died in 1874, at the advanced age of ninety-one years. His son, Isaac H. Perkins, was born in Buckingham Co., Virginia, in 1819, was taken to Kentucky when he was one year old, and was eighteen years old when the family came to Missouri. He married, in 1847, Nancy Elizabeth Horn, who was born and reared in Ste. Genevieve Co., MO. Their family consisted of four sons, the eldest of whom is dead. The survivors are Judge Perkins and two younger brothers. In his boyhood, Judge Perkins worked on a farm in summer and went to a district school in St. Francois County during the winter months of each year. When he was approaching manhood he attended for a time what was known as Elmwood Academy, at Farmington, boarding at home and riding to and from school on horseback. Later he taught country schools during several terms, and for a few months was assistant to the agent of the St. Louis & Iron Mountain Railroad Company at Iron Mountain. In the fall of 1875 he began reading law, and the fall of 1876 suspended his law studies long enough to assist his uncle, Jasper Horn, county assessor of St. Francois Co., MO, in making the assessment for that year, and preparing the assessor's books. He then resumed the study of law in the office of F. M. Carter, of Farmington, and in November of 1877, was admitted to the bar, his examination taking place in the courtroom at the old town of Ste. Genevieve. At the beginning of the year 1878 he began the practice of his profession in Fredericktown, Missouri, and was a leading member of the bar at that place until 1883, when he removed to Carthage, Missouri, which has since been his home. At Carthage he practiced continuously and successfully until 1896, when he was elected judge of the Twenty-fifty Judicial District of Missouri. The first office which he held was that of county school commissioner of St. Francois County, to which he was elected in April of 1876, and which he filled until the following winter, when he resigned to begin the practice of law. He was elected prosecuting attorney of Madison County, MO in 1878, and was re-elected in 1880. In 1887 he was elected city attorney of Carthage, and held that office for one year. In 1896 he was elected to the circuit judgeship to fill out an unexpired term of two years, and was re-elected to this office in 1898 for a full term of six years. both as lawyer and judge he has occupied an enviable position, and stands high among the members of his profession and in the esteem of the general public. His political affiliations are with the Democratic party. May 5th, 1897, he married Miss Mynta Mae Miller, of Carthage, Missouri, and one child, Leland Dudley Perkins, has been born of this union.
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