Kirtland I. Perky
United States Senator
from Idaho
In office
November 18, 1912 – February 5, 1913
Appointed byJames H. Hawley
Preceded byWeldon B. Heyburn
Succeeded byJames H. Brady
Personal details
BornFebruary 8, 1867
Smithville, Ohio
DiedJanuary 9, 1939(1939-01-09) (aged 71)
Los Angeles, California
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materOhio Northern University
University of Iowa (J.D.)

Kirtland Irving Perky (February 8, 1867 – January 9, 1939) was a United States Senator from Idaho.[1]


Born in Smithville, Ohio, he attended the public schools and graduated from Ohio Northern University at Ada in 1888. He studied law at the University of Iowa College of Law in Iowa City, and was admitted to the bar in 1890, commencing practice in Wahoo, Nebraska.[1]

At age 27, Perky moved west in 1894 to Albion, Idaho, and was district judge of the fourth judicial district of Idaho in 1901. He moved to Boise and continued the practice of law.[1]

Following the death of Weldon B. Heyburn in 1912, Perky was appointed to the vacant U.S. Senate seat by Governor James H. Hawley. A Democrat, he served less than three months, from November 18, 1912, to February 5, 1913, when a successor was elected, James H. Brady.

Perky resumed the practice of law in Boise, and moved to California in 1923, and continued the practice of law in Los Angeles until his death at age 71 in 1939 at Good Samaritan Hospital.[1][2] He was buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale.


  1. ^ a b c d "Former Sen. Perky of Idaho expires at Los Angeles". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. January 10, 1939. p. 4.
  2. ^ "Kirtland I. Perky. Los Angeles Lawyer Was Former U.S. Senator From Idaho". New York Times. January 10, 1939. Retrieved 2010-10-19. Kirtland I. Perky, Los Angeles lawyer and former United States Senator from Idaho, died here yesterday ...
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Weldon B. Heyburn
U.S. senator from Idaho
Succeeded by
James H. Brady