Perkins Bass
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Perkins Bass
Perkins Bass
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 2nd district

January 3, 1955 - January 3, 1963
Norris H. Cotton
James Colgate Cleveland
Personal details
Born(1912-10-06)October 6, 1912
DiedOctober 25, 2011(2011-10-25) (aged 99)
Political partyRepublican
ChildrenCharles F. Bass

Perkins Bass (October 6, 1912 - October 25, 2011) was an American elected official from the state of New Hampshire, including four terms as a U.S. Representative from 1955 to 1963.


Bass was born on October 6, 1912, in East Walpole, Massachusetts. He was the eldest son of former New Hampshire Governor Robert P. Bass and First Lady Edith B. Bass. Bass attended Milton Academy, graduated from Dartmouth College in 1934, and from Harvard Law School. He practiced as a lawyer and served in the United States Army Air Forces in Asia during World War II. He was elected state representative in 1939, 1941, 1947, and 1951, and as state senator in 1949, all to two-year terms.[1] Bass voted in favor of the Civil Rights Acts of 1957 and 1960.[2][3]

After serving four terms in the U.S. Congress, he ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in a 1962 special election. After defeating interim Senator Maurice J. Murphy Jr., Doloris Bridges, and Congressman Chester Merrow in the Republican primary, he was defeated in the general election by Democrat Thomas J. McIntyre. From 1972 to 1976, he served as a selectman of Peterborough, New Hampshire, where he lived until his death in 2011, aged 99.[4][5]



  1. ^ Perkins Bass Obituary
  2. ^ "HR 6127. CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1957".
  3. ^ "HR 8601. PASSAGE".
  4. ^ Obituary in Boston Herald
  5. ^ Perkins Bass Obituary

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Norris Cotton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district

January 3, 1955 – January 3, 1963
Succeeded by
James Colgate Cleveland
Party political offices
Preceded by
Styles Bridges
Republican nominee for
U.S. Senator from New Hampshire (Class 2)

Succeeded by
Harrison Thyng
Honorary titles
Preceded by
William F. Walsh
Oldest living U.S. Representative
(Sitting or Former)

January 8, 2011 – October 25, 2011
Succeeded by
Ken Hechler

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