Birth and Family
Linus was born on a farm near Vienna, Oneida County, New York. He married Sallie F. Sale in 1853. She died of yellow fever three months later. After five years Linus married a second time, to Ellen K. Burruss. They had three sons, one of whom later became Dean of the Candler School of Theology, Franklin N. Parker.
Young Manhood and Military Service
Linus worked for an older brother in a store in New Orleans in 1845. During this time, he studied Latin and Greek before daylight in the morning and after his return from business in the evening. In 1846 he served as a soldier in the Mexican-American War. After that he began the study of law, but was convinced to enter the Methodist ministry.
During March 1849 Linus served as a Supply Pastor for the church on Algiers Street. He was Licensed to Preach in May of that year. He joined the Louisiana Annual Conference, becoming an ordained Elder in 1853.
Rev. Parker served the following appointments, all in Louisiana: Lake Providence (1849), Shreveport (1850–51), Felicity Street, New Orleans (1852–54), Carondelet Street, New Orleans (1855–57), Presiding Elder of the New Orleans District (1858), Felicity Street again (1859–61), Shreveport again (1862–63), the Caldo Circuit (1864–65), and Felicity Street a third time (1866–69).
Rev. Parker then became the editor of the Christian Advocate (1870–81). He also was elected a delegate to General Conferences in 1866, 1874, 1874 and 1882.
Bishop Parker died of an apparent cerebral hemorrhage on 5 March 1885 in New Orleans.
- C. B. Galloway, Linus Parker: His Life and writings (Nashville, 1886)
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- Leete, Frederick DeLand, Methodist Bishops. Nashville, The Methodist Publishing House, 1948.
- Linus Parker Papers, 1853-1885, MSS 091, Archives and Manuscripts Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Wilson, James Grant; Fiske, John, eds. (1900). "Parker, Linus". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton.