The State Senate was not in session on Saturday, December 4th, when the announcement of Governor Perry's death was made.
In the House Mr. Ansel, of Greenville, said:
MR. SPEAKER:--Upon the wings of the lightning the sad intelligence has just been received that the late distinguished and highly esteemed Benjamin Franklin Perry, of Greenville, is no more. He has gone to that bourne from whence no traveler returns. Being more than four score years of age, and having been for a great many years in public life in this State and the Nation, I think it but due to the memory of this great and good man that we should pause in our deliberations for a short while to pay our respects to his many virtues.
He was for more than twenty years during the early and middle part of his life a distinguished member and leader of the house of representatives of this State, and his course while a member of this honorable body has been the admiration and praise of all. One of the many acts which he did as a member of that body was the selection of the place where the capitol building now stands.
Since that time he has held many honorable positions given him by the people of his native State. Once he held the office of judge, once elected United States sen-