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PARRIS, Albion Keith, senator, born in Auburn, Maine, 19 January, 1788" died in Portland, Maine, 11 February, 1857. His father, Samuel (1753-1847), was an officer of the Revolution, and for several years judge of the court of common pleas and a member of the legislature of Maine. The son engaged in farming until the age of fourteen, and was graduated at Dartmouth in 1806. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1809, and began practice at Paris, Maine He was prosecuting attorney for Oxford county in 1811, a member of the state assembly in 1813, state senator in 1814, and a member of congress in 1815-'19, having been chosen as a Democrat. He was appointed judge of the United States district court in 1818, at which time he removed to Portland, and in 1819 he was a delegate to the State constitutional convention and a member of the committee for drawing up the constitution. In 1820 he was appointed judge of probate for Cumberland county. He was governor in 1821-'6, United States senator from 1826 till 1828, when he resigned, judge of the supreme court of Maine in 1828-'36, and second comptroller of the United States treasury in 1836-'50. He retired to Portland in 1850, and in 1852 was elected mayor.
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