Richard C. Parsons

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Richard Chappel Parsons
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 20th district
In office
March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875
Preceded by John Hutchins
Succeeded by Henry B. Payne
1st Marshal of the United States Supreme Court
In office
Preceded by Office established
Succeeded by John G. Nicolay
47th Speaker of the Ohio House
In office
January 2, 1860 – January 5, 1862
Preceded by William Burnham Woods
Succeeded by James Randolph Hubbell
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1826-10-10)October 10, 1826
New London, Connecticut
Died January 9, 1899(1899-01-09) (aged 72)
Cleveland, Ohio
Resting place Lake View Cemetery
Political party Republican

Richard Chappel Parsons (10 October 1826 – 9 January 1899) was an American lawyer and politician who served as a U.S. Representative from Ohio for one term from 1873 to 1875.

Early life and career

Born in New London, Connecticut, Parsons pursued classical studies, and moved to Norwalk, Ohio, in 1845. He studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1851 and commenced practice at Cleveland, Ohio. He was the law partner of Rufus P. Spalding, a prominent Ohio politician and jurist who would himself serve three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.[1]

Parsons was the son-in-law of Samuel Starkweather, who served non-consecutive terms as mayor of Cleveland, Ohio in the mid-1800s.[1]

Early political career

He served as member of the city council in 1852 and 1853 and served as president in 1853. He served as member of the State house of representatives 1858-1861 and served one term as speaker. He was appointed consul to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 27, 1862, but resigned, effective October 1, 1862.

He served as collector of internal revenue at Cleveland 1862–1866. President Andrew Johnson offered Parsons the offices of Governor of Montana Territory and Assistant Secretary of the Treasury. He declined both,[1] instead serving as the first Marshal of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1867 to 1872.


Parsons was elected as a Republican to the Forty-third Congress (March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875). He was an unsuccessful Republican candidate for reelection to the Forty-fourth Congress.

Later career

He resumed the practice of law in Cleveland, Ohio. He was editor and part owner with William Perry Fogg of the Cleveland Daily Herald in 1877.


He died in Cleveland, Ohio, January 9, 1899. He was interred in Lake View Cemetery.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Randall, Emilius; Ryan, Daniel Joseph (1915). History of Ohio: the Rise and Progress of an American State. 6. New York: The Century History Company. pp. 405–407.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
District re-established
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 20th congressional district

Succeeded by
Henry B. Payne