Niagara County

1897 Biography - Spencer B. Parker

Parker, Spencer B., was born at Versailles, N. Y., July 21, 1859, a son of Myron M. Parker, a farmer of that place, now retired. Spencer Parker received his education in the public schools of his native town, and later attended the Chamberlain Institute and Female College at Randolph, N. Y., from which he was graduated in 1883 and at once began the study of law in the office of Judge William H. Henderson, at Randolph. In 1885 he entered the Albany Law School and was graduated with honors in 1886, and soon afterward removed to Salamanca, N. Y., where he was engaged in legal practice with Judge O. S. Vreeland until the spring of 1887, at which time he was admitted to the bar of the State of New York. In the fall of the same year he returned to his home at Versailles, and from that time until 1892 taught in the public schools at that place. He then removed to Niagara Falls and formed a partnership with William J. Bryan, with whom he continued to practice law until 1893, when the partnership was dissolved and since that time he has successfully practiced alone. In 1896 Mr. Parker was elected police justice of Niagara Falls, but resigned that position early in 1897, as it interfered with his practice of law. June 14, 1887, he married Emma C. Owen of Randolph, and they have one child, Alan Vreeland.

Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897

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