Biography of Pros. Zenas L. Parker
Steuben County, NY Biographies





Parker, Prof. Z. L., was born February 10, 1819, in Charlemont, Franklin county. Mass. Capt. James Parker, his father, was a farmer. He married Lucretia Fales, daughter of Jeremiah Fales, and died at eighty seven. Zenas L. was the youngest of a family of six boys and four girls. He was educated in the common schools and academy of Massachusetts, and after teaching in his native State for eleven years, he came to Ithaca. N. Y., and taught five years in the public school. In 1856 he came to Corning, where he remained as principal of the public schools until 1865, when he came to Bath and had charge of the public school for four years. The Corning and Bath schools became union schools during his administration. He then engaged in fire and life insurance and built up a good business. He was school commissioner of the First District of Steuben county from 1870 to 1873. In 1888 he was elected to the responsible office of treasurer of Steuben county for three years, and reelected to the same office, and upon his retirement in 1894, complimentary resolutions were passed by the Board of Supervisors in recognition of his long, honest and efficient service to the county. In 1852 he was married to Nancy J. Warfield, daughter of Job Warfield, by whom he had two sons, George H. and Eugene F. Mr. Parker has attained prominence as a poet. In 1892 he was the unanimous choice of the literary committee to deliver the poem at the Centennial Celebration of the foundation of the village of Bath, and for many years he has written a poetical resume of the events of the ending year, which have always been received with favor. Many are the events and occasions, the history of which he has reduced to verse, long to be remembered by the present generation and which will make his name lasting to the generations to come. In early life Mr. Parker became active in church work, and from 1857 to the present time has been an elder in the Presbyterian church, first in Corning and for the last twenty five years in Bath, where his religious character and his able advocacy of temperance, morality and religion, have given him a wide and lasting influence.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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