Parke M. Banta

Parke Monroe Banta ( born November 21, 1891 in Berryman, Crawford County, Missouri, † May 12, 1970 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri ) was an American politician. Between 1947 and 1949 he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Parke Banta attended the common schools and the William Jewell College in Liberty. After a subsequent law degree from the Law School of Northwestern University in Illinois and his 1913 was admitted to the bar he began in Potosi to work in this profession. In the years 1917 and 1918 he was a prosecutor in Washington County. Since April 1918, he took part in the final stages of World War I as a soldier in the U.S. Army. He rose to the rank of lieutenant. Since 1925 Banta lived in Ironton, where he practiced as a lawyer again until 1941. There he was in 1932 and 1933, a member of the school board over the years. From 1941 to 1945 Banta worked for the Social Security Commission of the State of Missouri.

Politically, he was a member of the Republican Party. In the congressional elections of 1946 he was in the eighth electoral district of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he succeeded ASJ Carnahan took up on January 3, 1947, whom he had beaten in the election. Since he lost in 1948 against Carnahan, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until January 3, 1949. This was marked by the events of the Cold War.

In 1950, Parke Banta applied unsuccessfully to make his return to the Congress. Otherwise, he again worked as a lawyer in Ironton. Between 1953 and 1961 he was an advisor to the Ministry of Health in Washington. Then he withdrew into retirement. He died on 12 May 1970 in Cape Girardeau.