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William Fletcher PARRETT

(1825-1895)

PARRETT, William Fletcher, a Representative from Indiana; born near Blairsville, Posey County, Ind., August 10, 1825; attended the public schools and the Indiana Asbury (now De Pauw) University at Greencastle; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced in Evansville, Ind., until 1852; moved to Oregon, where he practiced law for two and a half years; returned to Evansville in 1854, and moved to Boonville, Warrick County, Ind., in 1855; member of the State house of representatives in 1858 and served during the general and special sessions; appointed and subsequently elected judge of the fifteenth circuit and served from 1859 to 1865; returned to Evansville; reelected circuit judge and served from 1865 to 1871; appointed judge of the first circuit and elected in 1873, 1879, and 1884; resigned in December 1888; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-first and Fifty-second Congresses (March 4, 1889-March 3, 1893); was not a candidate for renomination in 1892; resumed the practice of law until his death in Evansville, Ind., June 30, 1895; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery.

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

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