|Birth: ||Apr. 15, 1813|
North Carolina, USA
Co-founder of the Alton Telegraph. He learned the printing trade in Charlotte, North Carolina, he moved to St. Louis with his family where he became acquainted with Elijah P. Lovejoy. He moved to Alton, Illinois in 1836, where he began the publication of the Telegraph.
Although born and raised in a slave state, he looked upon slavery as a moral wrong and had courage to live up to his convictions. He was first a Whig, but then a Republican. During the Civil War he rendered many services to the Union cause, both through his paper and the rostrum. A great speaker and writer, he was a very religious man and was an elder in the Alton Presbyterian Church and was licensed to practice as a minister.
He and Richard Treadway started the newspaper because they both had great hopes for the city of Alton, which was about five years old at the time. After Treadway left the paper in 1837, John Bailhache came to the paper and Parks departed angrily because he disliked him. He started the Altonian newspaper with Edward Breath, but it was suspended after the third issue. Bailhache announced his retirement in 1854 and was later killed in an accident. Parks returned to the Telegraph that year. He died after contracting pneumonia while attending church services.
Created by: Connie Nisinger
Record added: Oct 21, 2004
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