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A Sedgwick Genealogy: Descendants of Deacon Benjamin Sedgwick
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died when eleven years old. The spelling "Elliot" is that used although the family name is Elliott. The number of L's and T's seemed rather a burden for a first name and so one T was dropped out.

James Handasyd Perkins, 3d child of Jane Sedgwick (Watson) Perkins (B43,44) and Edward Cranch Perkins, was born January 11, 1876, at Milton, Mass., where he was educated at Milton Academy. He graduated A.B. at Harvard in 1898 after serving as president of his class for four years. He was captain of the Harvard crew in 1898.

His first job was with Walter Baker & Company, chocolate manufacturers, in his home town. He remained with this firm until 1905, rising to be an executive. He joined the staff of the American Trust Company of Boston as vice president and after three years went to Albany as vice president of the National Commerical Bank. He became president in 1912, remaining for two years. In 1914 he came to the National City Bank of New York City as vice president, holding that position until 1919. From 1916 to 1919 he was also executive manager of that bank.

During the first World War Mr. Perkins served in France and in 1918 was given complete charge of this country's European Red Cross organization. In September of that year he was made a Lieutenant Colonel in the A.E.F. and was assigned to General Headquarters at Chaumont as Assistant Chief of Staff of the Second Army, later of the Third Army or the Army of Occupation at Coblenz. He was in charge of supplies for moving the Third Army of Occupation to Coblenz.

Mr. Perkins's decorations in the First World War were: Officer, Legion of Honor (French); Distinguished Service Medal; Belgian Decoration of Croix de Commandeur de l'ordre de la Couronne.

After the War he became a member of the Montgomery & Company firm. In 1921 he was made president and Director of the Farmers' Loan and Trust Company when it was affiliated with the National City Bank. In 1929 he was made President of the City Bank Farmers' Trust Company and director of the National City Bank in New York City. In 1933 he became chairman of both boards and in 1935 a member of the Federal Advisory Council to represent the New York District. He has been a member of the New York Clearing House since 1921. From 1917 to 1937 he was President of the New York Clearing House Association.

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