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Anson Virgil Parsons



Session Position District Party
1839 23 Whig
 Counties   Centre, Clearfield, Lycoming, McKean, Potter


1799 - 1882

Born, Granville, Hampden, Massachusetts, September 1, 1799, the son of Joel and Phebe Parsons; educated in local schools, graduated from Tapping Reeve’s, Litchfield, Connecticut law school, and studied law under Andrew Porter, Lancaster, Pa.; private practice; elected state senator, 1838, to fill vacancy, vice Alexander Irvin resigned; played an important role during the Buckshot War; appointed Secretary of the Commonwealth by Governor Porter, 1843; President Judge, Dauphin, Lebanon, Schuylkill district; moved to Philadelphia where he served as Associate Judge of Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas; author of “Parsons’ Equity Cases;” married Mary Hepburn of Northumberland County; she died in 1853 and he never remarried.  He died in Philadelphia on September 23, 1882.