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Benjamin Parke
Birth: Sep. 22, 1777
New Jersey, USA
Death: Jul. 12, 1835
Salem (Washington County)
Washington County
Indiana, USA

US Congressman. He moved to Lexington, Kentucky in 1797, studied law, and became an attorney. In 1800 he moved to Vincennes, Indiana Territory. Parke served as the Territory's Attorney General from 1804 to 1808. In 1805, he was elected to the first territorial legislature. Later that year he was elected as the territory's first non-voting Delegate to the United States House of Representatives, and served until his resignation in 1808. Parke served in the military during Tecumseh's War and the War of 1812, commanding a troop of Dragoons as a Captain and seeing action at the Battle of Tippecanoe, later receiving promotion to Major. In 1816 he was a Delegate to Indiana's first state constitutional convention. In 1817 he was appointed US District Judge for Indiana, an office he held until his death. Parke was a founder of the Vincennes Public Library and Vincennes University, and was the first president of the Indiana State Historical Society. Parke County Indiana was named for him. (bio by: Bill McKern) 
 
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Crown Hill Cemetery
Salem (Washington County)
Washington County
Indiana, USA
Plot: Original
 
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Originally Created by: Bill McKern
Record added: Sep 09, 2007
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Benjamin Parke
Added by: Bill McKern
 
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Traces, the periodical of the IN Historical Society, Summer 2003, profiled Benjamin Parke, pages 20-23, in an article about the early court system in Indiana. Many other judges are noted.
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