October 19, 1866, Chicago, Illinois.

June 27, 1941, Riverdale, New York.


Perkins’ musical gift showed itself early: by age 10, she was playing the piano for the Sunday School where her father was superintendent. She graduated from high school in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1855. She later lived briefly in Denver, Colorado, then moved to Riverdale, New York, in 1900. She worked with the Red Cross during World War I, and began writing hymns about that time. She served on the national board of the Young Women’s Christian Association (1933–38), and helped found the Hymn Society of America, serving as its corresponding secretary for almost two decades. Perkins’ works include:

  1. Thou Art, O God, the God of Might
  1. Laufer
  2. Peterson

Swan’s burial place