Marcus J. Parrott

MARCUS J. PARROTT, the second delegate to Congress from Kansas Territory, was born at Hamburg, South Carolina, October 27, 1828 He received both a classical and a legal education and served two terms in the Ohio Legislature (having located for practice at Dayton) previous to becoming a resident of Leavenworth in 1855. At the first session of the Territorial Supreme Court, which commenced in July of that year, he was appointed reporter of the decisions, and in October was elected a delegate to the Topeka Constitutional Convention. He acted as a lawyer of the defense in the trial of Governor Robinson and other free-state prisoners at Lecompton in September, 1856, and at the Topeka Convention of July, 1857, was nominated for Congress, which selection was seconded at the Grasshopper Falls Convention of the following month. He was elected in November and was re-elected on the republican ticket in November, 1859. His entire congressional service extended from December, 1857, to March, 1861. In that year Mr. Parrott failed of nomination to the United States Senate; was defeated for Congress in 1862, as well as in 1874. During the later years of his life he successfully operated his farm near Leavenworth City. His health failing, he spent some months at Dayton, Ohio, where a brother resided, and died there October 4, 1879.


A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written and compiled by William E. Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, copyright 1918; transcribed October, 1997.
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