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James PARKER

(1776-1868)

PARKER, James, (grandfather of Richard Wayne Parker), a Representative from New Jersey; born in Bethlehem, N.J., March 3, 1776; moved to Perth Amboy, N.J., after the Revolution; was graduated from Columbia College, New York City, in 1793; engaged in the management and settlement of large landed properties left by his father, also as a land surveyor and as a lawyer, although never admitted to the bar; member of the State general assembly 1806-1810, 1812, 1813, 1815, 1816, 1818, and 1827; mayor of Perth Amboy in 1815 and again in 1850; collector of customs at Perth Amboy, N.J., 1829-1833; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1833-March 3, 1837); resumed his former activities; registrar of the board of proprietors of East Jersey; member of the different boundary commissions to obtain a settlement of the boundary question between the States of New York and New Jersey; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1844; died in Perth Amboy, N.J., April 1, 1868; interment in St. Peter’s Churchyard.

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

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