Josiah Parker

Josiah Parker ( born May 11, 1751 Isle of Wight County, Virginia; † March 11, 1810 ) was an American politician. Between 1789 and 1793 he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Josiah Parker grew up during the British colonial period and attended the public schools of his home. In the 1770s he joined the American Revolution. In 1775 he was a member of the Safety Committee of Virginia. During the Revolutionary War he served until 1778 in various units of the Continental Army, in which he rose to the colonel. Between 1778 and 1783 he was several times in the House of Representatives from Virginia. In 1786 he was a naval officer at the port of Portsmouth. Parker was an opponent of the ratified in 1788 the United States Constitution. For this reason, he was not a member of the Assembly, which should ratify this Constitution.

In the congressional elections of 1789, Parker was selected in the eighth electoral district of Virginia in the time which meets even in New York U.S. House of Representatives, where he took up his new mandate on March 4, 1789. After five re- elections, he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1801 six legislative periods. Since 1793 he represented there the eleventh district of his state. Parker was the end of the 1790s a member of the Federalist Party, founded by Alexander Hamilton. In his time as a congressman was in 1800, the new federal capital, Washington DC related.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Josiah Parker operated in agriculture. He died on 11 March 1810 the estate Macclesfield in Isle of Wight County.