Biography of William C. Parker
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Parker, William Crowell, lawyer, was born February 19, 1850, in New Bedford, Mass., where he has always resided. His grandfather, Benjamin Parker, and greatgrandfather, Sylvanus Parker, both lived in Falmouth, whence his father, William C. Parker, came to New Bedford when a young man, learned the trade of painter, and died in 1876, aged sixty four. The latter was for many years one of the leading master painters in the city. He married Huldah N. Potter of New Bedford, who died in 1883. William Crowell Parker, their sixth child and second son, was educated in the New Bedford public schools, read law in the offices of Barney & Knowlton, attended the Albany (N. Y.) Law School one year, and was admitted to the bar of Massachusetts in 1876. Since then he has successfully followed the general practice of his profession in New Bedford. He has had but one law partner, Robert F. Raymond, in 1883-84 Mr. Parker has long been a prominent Republican, and for several years was a member of the New Bedford Common Council. In 1872, when twenty two years old, he was elected to the Massachusetts Legislature, in which he served in 1873 and 1874, having been reelected. He was the youngest member of that body. In 1874 he was a member of the labor committee, and at the close of that session was appointed a member of the special committee to investigate the accounts of county officers, of which he was made the secretary. He drew the report of that committee, which was submitted to the Legislature. In 1878 and and again in 1880 Mr. Parker served as city solicitor of New Bedford. He was married in September, 1882, to Abbie G., daughter of William Tallman, jr., of New Bedford, Mass.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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