Biography of James I Parker
Tipton County, IN Biographies





JAMES I. PARKER, attorney at law, Tipton, is the youngest son of Dr. Isaac and Jane (Rittenhouse) Parker, and was born in Tipton, Ind., April 22, 1857; his education was obtained in the public schools of his native county, and at the Northwestern Christian University of Indianapolis. In his seventeenth year, he entered upon the career of a pedagogue, and engaged in teaching in Tipton and other counties of the State, for a period of ten years, with the exception of one year; four years of that time were spent in the district schools of his native county, three years in the public schools of Tipton, and two years as Superintendent of the Public Schools of Lewisville, Henry Co., Ind. Having always cherished a desire to enter the legal profession, he in 1874 took up the study of law, in the office of his brother, N. W. Parker; in September of 1875, he was admitted to the bar, and at the same time entered into a partnership with his brother; in December of the same year, he dissolved that partnership, and Went to Lincoln, Ill., where he spent seven months in the office of Messrs. Hoblit & Foley, two of the ablest attorneys in Central Illinois; returning to Tipton in July of 1876, he was nominated by his party, the Democratic, for the office of Prosecutor of of the Thirty sixth Judicial Circuit, being but nineteen years of age, and therefore ineligible; he nevertheless carried his own county by a majority of 417 votes, but was defeated in the district by 359 votes. In the fall of 1876, his brother, N. W., removed to Indianapolis, and being left without the use of a library, and no means to purchase one, he returned to teaching; in 1878, he accepted a position offered him in the public schools of Tipton; he remained in those schools three years, and in 1881 removed to Lewisville, Ind., and took charge of the public schools at that place, and conducted them with flattering success for two years. In April of 1883, he returned to his native place and entered into the practice of law, in partnership with John A. Swoveland. On the 28th day of Octoher, 1880, he was united in marriage to Miss Frances U. Guffin, of Tipton. They have one son, namely, Herbert C. Mr. Parker is now attending strictly to the practice of his profession, and the business of the firm to which he belongs is rapidly increasing. Politically, he is an uncompromising Democrat, and is a member of the Masonic fraternity, which order he holds in high esteem.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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