- William E. Worthington
Perry, Stuart (02 November 1814–09 February 1890), produce commission merchant and inventor, was born in Newport, New York, the son of Samuel Perry, a shopkeeper, and Lydia Reed. Perry graduated from Union College in Schenectady, New York, in 1837. Three years later he joined his brother Samuel and brother-in-law William Sweezey in the wholesale produce commission business in New York City. The firm specialized in cheese and butter, perhaps because the brothers came from an area of New York noted for dairy products. Stuart Perry spent most of his time in Newport, New York, however, as buyer for the business, purchasing goods from local farmers. Although he remained involved in the business for nearly twenty years, he devoted most of his spare time to investigating and designing mechanical devices. In 1838 he married Amy Jane Carter; they had one child....