Biography of Franklin J. Parmenter
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Parmenter, Franklin Jay, was born in Pittstown, Rensselaer county, N. Y., August 28, 1829. He is a son of Dr. Azel Fitch and Lavinia (Ray) Parmenter, the former a native of Chester, Mass., and the latter of Wilton, Saratoga county, N. Y. His mother died in 1849 and his father in 1858. Franklin Jay attended the district schools and in 1846 entered the academy at Hoosick Falls, and in 1848 entered the Troy Conference Academy at Poultney, Vt., where he completed his academic education. In April, 1849, he came to Troy and began the study of law in the office of McConihe & Parmenter (the latter a brother of the subject), on the corner of Congress and First streets. In the spring of 1850 he opened a select school and taught the languages and higher English studies. He was admitted to the bar May 4, 1852, and since that time has been in continuous practice. He was police justice of the city of Troy from 1860 to 1864. He contributed $2,000 towards the expenses of raising the 169th N. Y. Vols., and made many speeches in favor of a vigorous prosecution of the war. In 1869 Union College conferred upon him the degree of M. A. Mr. Parmenter is the author of many poems; the best known is the Welcome to Dickens, publisher by the Harpers and republished in England with illustrations. June 16, 1886, the Troy Conference Academy held their semi centennial meeting and Mr. Parmenter was the poet of the occasion, and his poem was received with much applause. He is an accomplished scholar and rapid, graceful and easy writer: In 1872 he married Lorinda Silliman. Their son, Frank Silliman Parmenter, is now a student in the Harvard Law School.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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