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Isaac PARKER

(1768-1830)

PARKER, Isaac, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Boston, Mass., June 17, 1768; attended the common schools and was graduated from Harvard University in 1786; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Castine, Maine (until 1820 a part of Massachusetts); held several local offices; moved to Portland, Maine, and continued the practice of law; elected as a Federalist to the Fifth Congress (March 4, 1797-March 3, 1799); appointed United States marshal for Maine district on March 5, 1799, and served until December 21, 1803; moved to Boston, Mass., having been appointed by Governor Strong an associate justice of the supreme court of Massachusetts on January 28, 1806, and presided as chief justice from August 24, 1814, until his death; professor of law in Harvard University 1815-1827; served as president of the State constitutional convention in 1820; served as a trustee of Bowdoin College for eleven years and as an overseer of Harvard University for twenty years; died in Boston, Mass., July 25, 1830; interment in Copps Hill Cemetery.

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

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