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Parks, Gorham

(1794-1877) a U.S. Representative, was born in Westfield, Massachusetts on May 27, 1794. He attended the common schools and was graduated from Harvard University in 1813. Parks studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1819; he moved to Bangor in 1823 and continued the practice of law there.

Elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1833-March 3, 1837), he was later United States Marshal for the District of Maine 1838-1841. After serving as United States Attorney for the District of Maine 1843-1845, he became United States consul at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 1845-1849.

Parks died in Bay Ridge, New York on November 23, 1877, with interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York.

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