William H. Parker (politician)

William H. Parker, South Dakota Congressman

William Henry Parker (May 5, 1847 – June 26, 1908) was an American attorney, South Dakota politician, and American Civil War veteran. Parker served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Colorado and was a member of the United States House of Representatives from South Dakota.

Early life and American Civil WarEdit

Parker was born in Keene, New Hampshire on May 5, 1847. He was educated locally and joined the Union Army for the American Civil War. He served as a Private in the 2nd New Hampshire Infantry, 14th New Hampshire Infantry, and 6th Regiment of the Veteran Reserve Corps. He later received a Second Lieutenant's commission in the 6th U.S. Volunteer Infantry, and he ended the war as a Brevet First Lieutenant.

Law careerEdit

After the war Parker began law school at Columbian College (now George Washington University), from which he graduated in 1868. Parker practiced law, and in 1874 he was appointed the federal collector of internal revenue for Colorado Territory. In 1876 he was appointed Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Colorado. He moved to Deadwood, Dakota Territory (now South Dakota), in July 1877, where he continued to practice law.

Political careerEdit

Parker was a delegate to the territorial constitutional convention which led to South Dakota's statehood in 1885. A Republican, he served in the South Dakota House of Representatives in 1889. From 1903 to 1907 he was prosecuting attorney of Lawrence County.

In 1906 Parker was elected to Seat B, one of South Dakota's two at-large seats in the United States House of Representatives.

Death and legacyEdit

He served in the 60th United States Congress from March 4, 1907 until his death in Deadwood on June 26, 1908. Parker was buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Section 3, Grave 2115.

He was the grandfather of William H. Parker, who served as Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department from 1927-1966.

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

  • United States Congress. "William H. Parker (id: P000073)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • William H. Parker's biography from US GenWeb.
  • William H. Parker's historical listing at the South Dakota Legislature website.
  • "William H. Parker". Find a Grave. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  • William H. Parker, late a representative from Indiana, Memorial addresses delivered in the House of Representatives and Senate frontispiece 1909
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Eben Martin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Dakota's at-large congressional district

1907–1908
Succeeded by
Eben Martin