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Nathan David Perlman (August 2, 1887 – June 29, 1952 New York City) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.


Born in Poland, Perlman immigrated to the United States in 1891 with his mother where they settled in New York City. After attending the city's public schools he pursued higher education by attending College of the City of New York; and New York University Law School. Perlman graduated from law school in 1907, was admitted to the bar in 1909, and practiced law in New York City.

Publicly, Perlman began by serving as special Deputy New York State Attorney General from 1912–1914 and then was a member of the New York State Assembly from 1915 to 1917. He was elected as a Republican to the 66th United States Congress to fill the vacancy in New York's 14th congressional district caused by the resignation of Fiorello H. La Guardia. Perlman was re-elected to the 67th, 68th and 69th United States Congresses, serving from November 2, 1920, to March 3, 1927. He was an unsuccessful candidate for re-election in 1926, losing to William I. Sirovich.

Afterwards Perlman resumed the practice of law. He was a delegate to the New York State Convention to enact the 21st Amendment, and then became a New York City Magistrate serving from May 1, 1935, to September 1, 1936.

In 1936, he ran on the Republican ticket for New York State Attorney General but was defeated by the incumbent John J. Bennett, Jr. He was then appointed a justice of the Court of Special Sessions of the City of New York on November 26, 1936, re-appointed on July 1, 1945, and died in office

He was buried at the Mount Hebron Cemetery, Queens County.


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Fiorello H. LaGuardia
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 14th congressional district

1920 - 1927
Succeeded by
William I. Sirovich


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