Perry, David was born on June 11, 1841 in Ridgefield, Connecticut, United States. Son of Samuel and Sophia Perry.
Educated Review D. H. Short’s preparatory school.
Appointed from New Jersey, Second lieutenant 1st Cavalry, United States of America, March 24, 1862. First lieutenant, July 27, 1862. Captain, November 12, 1864.
Major 6th Cavalry, April 29, 1879. Lieutenant colonel 10th Cavalry, April 20, 1891. Colonel 9th Cavalry, December 11, 1896.
Retired on account of disability in line of duty, July 5, 1898. Advanced to rank of brigadier general retired, by act of April 23, 1904. Bvtd. major, April 1, 1865, for faithful and meritorious services during the war.
Lieutenant colonel, December 26, 1866, for engagement with Indians on Owyhee river, Idaho, December 26, 1866. Colonel, April 5, 1868, for engagement with Indians on Malheur river, Oregon, April 5, 1868. Home: Washington, Distric.