He was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1829, served in the Massachusetts State Senate in 1836 and was a Cambridge selectman in 1836. He was manager and agent of the New England Crown Glass Co., and President of the Middlesex Bank. Parmenter was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1837-March 3, 1845), serving as Chairman of the Committee on Naval Affairs in the (Twenty-eighth Congress). He also served as a naval officer at the port of Boston 1845-1849.
He died in East Cambridge, Massachusetts on February 25, 1866. His interment was in Cambridge Cemetery.
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 4th congressional district
March 4, 1837–March 3, 1845