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
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 (October 10, 1826 – January 9, 1899) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

Born in New London, Connecticut, Parsons pursued classical studies. He moved to Norwalk, Ohio, in 1845. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1851 and commenced practice at Cleveland, Ohio. He was the law partner of Rufus P. Spalding.[1] 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] Marshal of the Supreme Court of the United States 1867-1872.

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. He resumed the practice of law in Cleveland, Ohio. He was editor and part owner of the Cleveland Daily Herald in 1877. He died in Cleveland, Ohio, January 9, 1899. He was interred in Lake View Cemetery.

Parsons was the son-in-law of Samuel Starkweather.[1]


  1. ^ a b c 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. 


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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