Perkins, Thomas

Perkins, Thomas (Handasyd)

(1764–1854) merchant, philanthropist; born in Boston, Mass. He made his fortune trading in Santo Domingo (1785–92) and China (1792–1838), and was a prominent Federalist state legislator (1805–24). His generous local philanthropy benefited Massachusetts General Hospital, the Boston Athenaeum, and the Perkins Institution for the Blind, renamed for him after a major benefaction in 1833.
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With artisan Allen Perkins, Thomas just founded Berkeley-based Spiral Groove to make high-end turntables that she envisions as an audiophile s dream.
Groomsmen were Christopher Bradley Dickerson, Robert Todd Hengst, Justin Henry Eifling, Charles Hayden Perkins, Thomas Grey Windham, and William Jordan Windham.