Judge Richard Parker Papers

Institution: Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: (312) 642-4600
Date: 1796-1882
Extent: .25 Linear Feet
Finding Aid: None

Biographical/Historical Note:
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Scope and Content Note:
Legal and family papers, diary (1869), a bank book, and ca. 70 receipts. Topics include slavery, Parker's service in the U.S. House of Representatives, his work as a lawyer and judge, his sentencing of John Brown at Charles Town in 1859, and his support for the Confederate States of America during the Civil War. Includes a manuscript map of Major Thomas Parker's land along the Shenandoah River (1796); prayers; records of slave transactions, a pass through the Confederate lines, which Capt. Davis refused to honor (1864) with consequent correspondence with General Imboden; Judge Parker's charges to the Grand Jury dating before and after the Civil War; Judge Parker's note on the fairness of the trial of John Brown (1889); and General Marcus Wright's "Trial of John Brown."

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