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Amasa Parker

October 28, 1784
March 1, 1855
Home Town:
Woodbury, CT
Later Residences:
Delhi, NY
Pheobe Moore Parker (August 24, 1841)
Rebecca Pardee Parker (July 23, 1812)
Biographical Notes:
Amasa Parker was the son of Amasa and Deidamia (Parmalee) Parker. After marrying Rebecca Pardee, he then moved with his wife to Delhi, Delaware County, NY. In 1817, he formed a partnership with Hon. Samuel Sherwood that lasted for ten years. He became a Colonel in the state militia in 1819. After he left the bench in 1841, he married his second wife.

In 1847, he declined an offer of nomination to the position of Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Near the end of his life he became the senior warden at St. John's Church in Delhi, NY. Parker died of apoplexy (or a stroke) at the age of seventy-one.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended Williams College from 1804 - 1807 and transferred to Yale College where he graduated from in 1808.

Profession / Service
Military; Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Training with Other Lawyers:
He studied in the office of Judge Peter VanSchaack of Kinderhook, NY after studying in Litchfield. CT.
State Posts:
Surrogate of Delaware County (NY) 1832-1841

help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1809, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.

Catalogue of Litchfield Law School (Hartford, Connecticut: Press of Tiffany, Case and Company, 1849), 8.
Secondary Sources:
Gould, Jay. History of Delaware County. Polyanthos, 1977.

Munsell, W.W., Index for the History of Delaware County, 1797-1880. M.S. Briggs, 1985

Cothren, William. History of Ancient Woodbury from the First Indian Deed in 1659 to 1879. Woodbury, CT: William Cothren, 1879.

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