Isaac Parker

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Isaac Charles Parker
Judge Isaac Parker.jpg
Painting of Judge Isaac Parker, circa 1896.
U.S. District Judge presiding over the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas
In office
March 19, 1875 – November 25, 1896[1]
Nominated by Ulysses S. Grant
Preceded by William Story
Succeeded by John Henry Rogers
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1871 – March 4, 1875
Preceded by Joel Funk Asper
Succeeded by Thomas Theodore Crittenden
Judge of the 12th Missouri Circuit Court
In office
1868–1870
Personal details
Born (1838-10-15)October 15, 1838
Barnesville, Ohio, US
Died November 17, 1896(1896-11-17) (aged 58)
Fort Smith, Arkansas, US
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mary O'Toole

Isaac Charles Parker (October 15, 1838 – November 17, 1896) was an American politician and jurist. He served as the United States Congressman for Missouri's 7th congressional district for two terms and presided over the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas for 21 years. He was known as the "Hanging Judge".

Parker died of complications due to Bright's disease in Fort Smith, aged 58.

In 21 years on the federal bench, Parker tried 13,490 cases; more than 8,500 defendants either pleaded guilty or were convicted at trial. He sentenced 160 people to death and 79 were executed; the others died while incarcerated, were acquitted, pardoned, or their sentences were commuted.

References[change | change source]

  1. Isaac Parker at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center. (The Western District of Arkansas lost its jurisdiction over Indian Territory on September 1, 1896, but he continued as district judge until his death.)

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