Richard Parker (congressman)

Richard Parker ( born December 22, 1810 in Richmond, Virginia; † November 10, 1893 in Winchester, Virginia ) was an American politician. Between 1849 and 1851 he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Richard Parker attended the public schools of his home. After a subsequent study of law and qualifying as a lawyer, he started in Berryville to work in this profession. He also held several local offices. Politically, he joined the Democratic Party. In the congressional elections of 1848, Parker was in the tenth electoral district of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Henry Bedinger on March 4, 1849. Until March 3, 1851, he was able to complete a term in Congress. This period was dominated by discussions on the issue of slavery. In 1850, the introduced by U.S. Senator Henry Clay Compromise of 1850 was passed.

Between 1851 and 1869 Parker was judge in the 13th Judicial District of the State of. In this capacity, he announced in 1859 the death sentence of John Brown after his raid on Harpers Ferry. After the end of his time as a judge, he practiced as a lawyer again. Richard Parker died on November 10, 1893 in Winchester.