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ley & Morris as a student, and finished his legal education at
the Maryland University, graduating in 1894.
Mr. Perkins was Secretary to the Ways and Means Com-
mittee of the General Assembly of 1900, which is the only office
of political character he has ever occupied. Prior to his elec-
tion to the State Senate he was for five years referee in bank-
ruptcy of the United States District Court for the District of
Maryland. He' is married, and resides on the Reisterstown
Baltimore City (Third District)—JOHN GILL., JR., Democrat.
Senator Gill comes to the Legislature with experience, hav-
ing served in the House of Delegates in 1874 and 1876, and in
the Senate in 1882 and 1884.
He is a member of the law firm of Gill & Preston. He was
born June 9, 1850, in Baltimore, and received his education
at Hampden-Sidney College.
Baltimore City (Fourth District)—JOHN WEBB THOMAS.,
Mr. Thomas was born March 5, 1873, near Cambridge. In
1890 he came to Baltimore and served an apprenticeship with
Mr. James F. Morgan, ex-member of the House of Delegates.
He is now holding a position with the Maryland Steel Com-
pany at Sparrow's Point. He is a member of the Board of
Governors of Union League, Junior Order United American
Mechanics and Masonic Fraternity.
Baltimore County—JOHN S. BIDDISON., Democrat.
Mr. Biddson is an attorney-at-law residing at Gardenville,
Baltimore County, where he was born February 18, 1873.
After attending the public schools he took a course at Sad-
ler's Business College, in Baltimore, and later entered the Law
Department of the University of Maryland. He was admitted
to the bar in February, 1894. Senator Biddison was elected
in 1903 for a term of four years.
Calvert County—LEWIS McK. GRIFFITH, Republican.
Mr. Griffith is a farmer of Calvert County, born in 1838,
and educated at Dickinson. In connection with farming he is
interested in mining silica. He is a conservative Republican,
interested in politics, but with no special desire for office. He
was a member of the House in 1888 and 1902, and has served
one term as School Examiner.