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.

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Papers: 4 items.

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Papers: 1 letter (August 20, 1793) in the Gay-Otis collection. Finding aid in repository.

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Papers: 1790. 1 letter.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Parker, Isaac. Address of Chief Justice Parker to the Bar of the County of Suffolk at a meeting held for the purpose of testifying their respect for the memory of the Hon. Samuel Howe. Boston: From the Press of Nathan Hale, 1828.

------. An oration, delivered at Castine, July 4, 1796, at the celebration of the twentieth anniversary of American Independence. Boston: Printed by Samuel Hall, 1796.

------. A sketch of the character of the late Chief Justice Parsons, exhibited in an address to the Grand Jury, delivered at the opening of the Supreme Judicial Court at Boston, on the twenty-third day of November, 1813, after the usual charge. Boston: Printed by John Eliot, Court Street, 1813.

Palfrey, John Gorham. A sermon preached in the Church in Brattle Square, Boston, August 1, 1830, the Lord's Day after the decease of the Honorable Isaac Parker. Boston: N. Hale and Gray & Bowen, 1830.

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