Cushing, John Perkins

Cushing, John Perkins

(1787–1862) merchant, philanthropist; born in Boston, Mass. (nephew of Thomas H. Perkins). Circumstances made him at age 16 head of Perkins & Company, his uncle's trading company in China. He conducted business affairs admirably (1803–30) and returned to Boston with a Chinese manner as well as Chinese servants. He built a conservatory, and his yacht, The Sylph, won the earliest recorded American yacht race (1832). He left an estate of $2 million.
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