He was the son of David Maulden Perine and Mary Glenn.
In 1851, after a series of posts as a clerk, and bookkeeper, he formed his own business in wholesale provision. In 1851 he became a member of the John S. Gittings and Company, stock brokers in Baltimore City. In 1856 he started in business for himself as a stock broker. He retired from business in 1856. In 1857 he was elected vestryman and treasurer of the Church of the Redeemer, Baltimore City, and in 1864 register. He married Eliza Ridgely Beall Washington. AMW was the godmother of his brother Thomas Harwood Perine.
Andrews, Mathew Page, Tercentenary History of Maryland, Chicago, 1925, vol. 4, pp.69-71.