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Amasa Junius PARKER

(1807-1890)

PARKER, Amasa Junius, a Representative from New York; born in Sharon, Litchfield County, Conn., June 2, 1807; moved with his parents to Hudson, N.Y., in 1816; taught by private tutors and graduated from Union College, Schenectady, N.Y., in 1825; principal of Hudson (N.Y.) Academy 1823-1827; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1828 and commenced practice in Delhi, N.Y.; member of the State assembly in 1833 and 1834; regent of the State university 1835-1844; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1837-March 3, 1839); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1838; resumed the practice of law; vice chancellor and circuit judge 1844-1847; moved to Albany, N.Y., in 1844; judge of the supreme court for the third district 1847-1855; unsuccessful candidate for reelection; unsuccessful candidate for Governor of New York in 1856 and 1858; one of the founders of the Albany (N.Y.) Law School in 1851; delegate to the State constitutional convention of 1867 and 1868; died in Albany, N.Y., May 13, 1890; interment in the Albany Rural Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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