Parkinson, James (IL State Representative)
Sometime around 1828, Parkinson came to Jacksonville, Illinois. In 1839, he was a delegate to the Whig State Convention in Springfield. The next year, Parkinson won election to the Illinois House of Representatives, representing Morgan County.
Sangamo Journal, 27 September 1839, 2:1; Theodore C. Pease, ed., Illinois Election Returns, 1818-1848, vol. 18 of Collections of the Illinois State Historical Library (Springfield: Illinois State Historical Library, 1923), 343; Charles M. Eames, comp., Historic Morgan and Classic Jacksonville (Jacksonville, IL: Daily Journal, Steam Job Printing Office, 1885), 63.