Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Philip B. Perlman (1890-1960)
MSA SC 3520-13439


Born in Baltimore City, March 5, 1890.  Attended public schools; graduated Baltimore City College, 1908; The Johns Hopkins University; University of Maryland Law School, LL.B., 1912.  Admitted to the bar, 1911.  Jewish.  Died 1960.

Correspondent, The Baltimore American, 1908-09; Baltimore Star, 1909-10; Court reporter, special writer, city editor, The Evening Sun, 1910-17.  Began private law practice, 1911; member of the firm of Marbury & Perlman, Baltimore.  Appointed by Attorney-General Albert C. Ritchie as Assistant in the State Law Department, 1917.  Assistant Attorney-General, 1918-19; assisted the attorney general in drafting the program of War Legislation adopted at the War Session of the General Assembly.  Lecturer on Elementary Law, University of Maryland, 1919-20.  Appointed secretary of state by Governor Albert C. Ritchie, 1920-23.  At the request of the governor, Perlman drafted the bill passed at the special session of 1920 providing facilities for the registration and voting of women; he also drafted the constitutional amendment giving women the right to hold all public offices in Maryland.  City Solicitor of Baltimore, 1923-26.  Solicitor general of the U.S., 1947-52; argued for the government in Shelley v. Kraemer before the U.S. Supreme Court, 1948, resulting in the ruling that racially restrictive covenants in residential housing were unconstitutional.  Drafted civil rights plank for 1960 Democratic National Convention.  Author, Debates of Maryland Constitutional Convention of 1867 (Baltimore, 1923).

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