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Richard Chappel PARSONS

(1826-1899)

PARSONS, Richard Chappel, a Representative from Ohio; born in New London, Conn., October 10, 1826; pursued classical studies; moved to Norwalk, Ohio, in 1845; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1851 and commenced practice at Cleveland; member of the city council in 1852 and 1853 and served as president in 1853; member of the State house of representatives 1858-1861 and served one term as speaker; appointed consul to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 27, 1862, but resigned, effective October 1, 1862; collector of internal revenue at Cleveland 1862-1866; marshal of the Supreme Court of the United States 1867-1872; elected as a Republican to the Forty-third Congress (March 4, 1873-March 3, 1875); unsuccessful Republican candidate for reelection to the Forty-fourth Congress; resumed the practice of law in Cleveland, Ohio; editor and part owner of the Cleveland Daily Herald in 1877; died in Cleveland, Ohio, January 9, 1899; interment in Lake View Cemetery.

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

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