See also:American jurist, was
See also:born in Byfield, Massachusetts, on the 24th of
See also:February 1750, the son of a clergyman . He graduated from Harvard
See also:College in 1769, was a schoolmaster at
See also:Falmouth (now
See also:Portland), Maine, in 1770-1773, studied
See also:law, and was admitted to the
See also:bar in 1774 . In 1800 he removed to Boston . He was chief
See also:justice of the supreme
See also:court of Massachusetts from 18o6 until his
See also:death in Boston on the 3oth of
See also:October 1813 . In politics he took an active
See also:part as one of the Federalist leaders in the state . He was a member of the
See also:convention of 1778, called to protest against the proposed state constitution, and as a member of the " Essex Junto " was probably the author of The Essex Result, which helped to secure the rejection of the constitution at the polls . He was a member of the state constitutional convention of 1779-1780, and one of the
See also:committee of twenty-six which drafted the constitution; he was also a delegate to the state convention of 1788 which ratified the Federal Constitution; and according to tradition was the author of the famous " Conciliatory Resolutions," or proposed amendments to the constitution, which did much to win over
See also:Adams and
See also:John Hancock to the side of ratification . His Commentaries on the
See also:Laws of the
See also:United States (1836) contains some of his more important legal opinions . His son
See also:THEOPHILUS PARSONS (1797-1882), who was Dane
See also:professor of law at Harvard from 1848 to 187o, is remembered chiefly as the author of a series of useful legal
See also:treatises, and some books in support of Swedenborgian doctrines; he wrote a
See also:life of his
See also:father (Boston, 1859) .
PARSONS (or PERSONS), ROBERT (1546-161o)
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