Isaac Charles PARKER, Congress, MO (1838-1896)
PARKER, Isaac Charles, a Representative from Missouri; born near Barnesville, Belmont County, Ohio, October 15, 1838; completed preparatory studies; attended Barnesville Academy; studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1859; moved to Missouri in 1859 and began practice in St. Joseph; during the Civil War was a corporal in Company A, Sixty-first Missouri Emergency Regiment; city attorney for St. Joseph, Mo., 1862-1864; elected circuit attorney in 1864 and resigned in 1867; elected circuit judge in 1868, but resigned in 1870 to become a candidate for Congress; elected as a Republican to the Forty-second and Forty-third Congresses (March 4, 1871-March 3, 1875); was the caucus nominee of his party for United States Senator in 1874; appointed judge of the United States District Court for Western Arkansas March 19, 1875, and served until his death in Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Ark., November 17, 1896; interment in the National Cemetery, Fort Smith, Ark.
BibliographyCroy, Homer. He Hanged Them High; An Authentic Account of the Fanatic Judge Who Hanged Eighty-eight Men. New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1952; Harrington, Fred Harvey. Hanging Judge. Caldwell, Idaho: Caxton Printers, 1951.
Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present