William Ellison Parmenter, 1816-1903

[Mentioned in Science and Health, p. 105]

William Ellison Parmenter can truly be called a son of Massachusetts. He was born in Boston and received his early education in its environs. After receiving his B. A. from Harvard and doing graduate work there, he read law with John Mills and was admitted to the bar in 1842.

While his father was a member of Congress, William spent a good deal of time in Washington and heard many stirring debates. He himself was chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee. However, after 1860, like many northern Democrats, he did all in his power to preserve the Union and support the Federal Government.

In 1871 he was appointed Associate Justice of the Municipal Court of Boston and in 1883 was made Chief Justice. Through the trial of many thousands of cases Judge Parmenter came in almost daily contact with the sordid and mean, yet he never lost his gentle, genial character. He meted out justice and won the respect and love of his colleagues.

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