Born: 1810-06-10 Gloucester, Massachusetts
Died: 1891-01-07 Boston, Massachusetts
Parsons married Caroline Ann Edmands in September 1837, and the couple moved west to Illinois. Voters elected Parsons as a Democrat to the Illinois House of Representatives, where he represented Pike County from 1840 to 1842. In 1850, Parsons was an attorney in Griggsville and owned $2,500 in real property. After John Wood resigned from the Illinois Senate in 1854, Parsons succeeded him and served out his term. From 1861 into the 1880s, he was superintendent and then secretary of the Baptist Tremont Temple in Boston, Massachusetts.
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