Alabama Governor. After studying law, he was admitted to the bar, moved to Talladega, Alabama, in 1840 and practiced law. There he served as a member the Alabama House of Representatives, (1859-61) and advocated state aid for internal improvements. During the Civil War, he served as a Lieutenant in the Confederate Army and was again a member the Alabama House of Representatives, in 1863. After the Civil War, Parsons was appointed by President Andrew Johnson as a Democrat the 19th Governor of Alabama, serving June 21, 1865, to December 13, 1865. While as Governor, he reinstated the laws of 1861, except any pertaining to slavery. He also renounced the state's war debts and scheduled elections to choose state officials and representatives to Congress. After leaving office, he continued to be politically influential while he practiced law. He was also elected to the U.S. Senate, but was refused his seat by the Republican Party. He served as U.S. District Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, (1877-78) and then practiced law until death.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith