Marcus J. Parrott
Born in Hamburg, Aiken County, South Carolina, on October 27, 1828, Parrott attended Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in 1849, and studied law at Cambridge University. He subsequently was admitted to the bar in Dayton, Ohio, and served as a member of the state house of representatives in 1853 and 1854. The following year he removed to Leavenworth, K.T., where he served as court reporter of the first session of the territorial Supreme Court. Parrott was a Democrat when he first arrived in the territory, but soon he became active in the Free State Party (later Republican Party) and served as delegate to Congress from March 4, 1857, to January 29, 1861. Parrott was in Washington, D.C., when the Kansas bill finally passed, and he transmitted the news to Leavenworth. Subsequently, he ran a very close third to James H. Lane and Samuel C. Pomeroy in the balloting for U.S. Senate, and unsuccessfully sought election to Congress as an Independent and then as a Democratic. He died in Dayton, Ohio, on October 4, 1879.
Entry: Parrott, Marcus J.
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