Linda Lynn Perham

Perham, Linda

Time Period

1940 to Today

Notable Facts

Named Clinical Nurse of the Year for the Vermont Nursing Association. Served at Walter Reed Army Hospital during Operation Desert Storm.Served as Vermont Department Commander in 2002. Served as National Vice Commander in 2005. Poised to be the first National Commander from Vermont AND the first woman in that position since the American Legion's inception in 1919. Mrs. Perham and her father were also the first father and daughter State Commanders in the history of the American Legion.

Personal Information

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Historical Significance

Linda Perham was born on June 11, 1962 to parents, Wayne and Beverly Mclean. Perham graduated from Bellows Falls High School in 1981 and Southern Vermont College with an Associate's Degree in Nursing. Perham is a US Army veteran and Registered Nurse at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Keene, NH, a position she has held for 18 years (1990-present). Perham has held many positions within the American Legion and is currently serving the National Headquarters as the Membership and Post Activities Chairman (2005-2008). In 2008, Perham was endorsed by the State of Vermont Legionnaires as their candidate for the office of National Commander. If elected, she would make history by becoming the first female National Commander for this 2.6 million member organization since its inception in 1919. Perham and her father, who passed away on February 12, 2000, also made history by being the first father/daughter State Commanders in the history of the American Legion.

Organizations or Movements

  • American Legion


  • Military
  • Transcriptionist
  • Nurse.


  • Associates Degree, Southern Vermont College, Bennington, Vermont