Caesar Perkinsin the House of Delegates eighteen years apart (1869–1871, 1887–1888). Born enslaved, Perkins became a leader within Buckingham County‘s African American community after the (1860–1865). In 1869 he won one of the locality’s two seats in the General Assembly’s lower house. Outside of politics Perkins purchased 628 acres in 1870, and later operated a general store and two ordinaries. He became an ordained minister by 1877. Perkins remained involved with public affairs, following most African American politicians into the short-lived and then into the . He won his second term in 1887, representing Brunswick and Caroline counties. He died in Richmond and was buried in Buckingham County.