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Perry Belmont

Perry Belmont (December 28, 1851 – May 25, 1947) was an American politician and diplomat.


He was born in New York City, the son of August Belmont. His brothers were Oliver Hazard Perry Belmont and August Belmont, Jr.

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Belmont's former residence in Washington, D.C.

He attended Everest Military Academy in Hamden, Connecticut, and graduated from Harvard College in 1872 and the Columbia Law School in 1876. Perry Belmont practiced law in New York for five years. Partnered with him in the law firm, Vinton, Belmont & Frelinghuysen, were his cousin, the writer Arthur Dudley Vinton, and future president of the Ballantine Brewing company George Frelinghuysen. He and his brother, August Belmont, Jr., were also founding members of The Jockey Club.

Belmont was a Democratic member of Congress from 1881 to 1889, serving in 1885-1887 as chairman of the committee on foreign affairs. In 1889, he was United States minister to Spain.

In 1899, after 17 years of marriage Jessie Ann Robbins divorced Henry T. Sloane (son of William Sloane the founder of W. & J. Sloane) to marry Perry Belmont. The marriage occurred 5 hours after the divorce was decreed and at the time was considered scandalous.

Perry Belmont died at Newport, Rhode Island, in 1947. His former home in Washington, D.C., became the International Temple for the Order of the Eastern Star.


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