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PARSONS, Anson Virgil, jurist, born in Granville, Massachusetts, in 1799: died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 23 September, 1882. He studied law in Litchfield, Connecticut, under James Gould, was admitted to the bar in 1826, and settled in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where he practised until his appointment in 1840 as president judge of the court of common pleas of the Dauphin judicial district. In 1842 he became secretary of the commonwealth, he returned to the bench as judge of the court of common pleas of Philadelphia in 1843. During this service the firemeu's riots occurred, and as Judge Parsons, by his rigorous dealing with the cases before him, in-cuffed the enmity of the lawless element, his life was frequently threatened. He resumed practice in 1851, when the judiciary became elective. With Judge Edward King, he published "Select Cases in Equity" (2 vols., Philadelphia, 1851-'3).
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