Arthur Perkins (1864-1932) - Perkins, an avid outdoorsman, spearheaded the effort to make MacKaye's dream a reality. After MacKaye's initial inspiration, work on building the trail had largely stalled by the middle of the decade. Perkins, a Connecticut judge, took up the cause of the AT and pushed it forward relentlessly in the mid- and late-1920s. Just as importantly, he inspired others to get involved. Perkins was the second chairman of the Appalachian Trail Conference, serving from 1927 to 1930.