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Perkins Bass
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Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
January 3, 1955 – January 3, 1963
Preceded by Norris H. Cotton (1947–1954)
vacant (1954–1955)
Succeeded by James Colgate Cleveland
Personal details
Born (1912-10-06)October 6, 1912
East Walpole, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died October 25, 2011(2011-10-25) (aged 99)
Peterborough, New Hampshire, U.S.
Political party Republican
Children Charles 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]

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.[2][3]


  • Charles F. Bass, the U.S. Representative from New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district (son)
  • Robert P. Bass, Governor of New Hampshire from 1911 to 1913 (father)


  1. Perkins Bass Obituary
  2. Obituary in Boston Herald
  3. Perkins Bass Obituary

  • Perkins Bass at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
Honorary titles
Preceded by
William F. Walsh
Oldest Surviving Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
January 8, 2011 – October 25, 2011
Succeeded by
Ken Hechler
United States 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

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