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PARVIN, Theodore Sutton, educator, born in Cedarville, Cumberland County, New Jersey, 15 January, 1817. He was taken by his parents to Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1829, graduated at Woodward college in 1833, and studied law with Timothy Walker and at Cincinnati law-school, where he was graduated in 1837. In 1838 he went to Iowa as private secretary to the governor of the territory, Robert Lucas. He was also secretary of the legislative council in 1840-'1, and for two years district attorney at Muscatine, resigning" on "his election as probate judge in 1841. In 1846-'56 he was clerk of the United States district court, and in 1857-'8 register of the state land-office, which post he resigned on his election as curator and librarian of Iowa state university. From 1859 till 1.867 he was professor of natural history. He filled other chairs in the university, the last being that of political economy, which was abolished in 1870. He was a founder of the State historical society in 1857, and in 1863-'5 its corresponding secretary and editor of the "Historical Annals of Iowa." He has edited the "Annals of Iowa Masonry" since 1844, and was editor of the '" Western Freemason" in 1859-'60, of the "Masonic Magazine" in 1860-'72, of the " Evergreen" in 1871-'2, and from 1871 till 1886 of " Transactions of the Knights Templar." He is the author of a " History of Iowa " (Chicago, 1877) and of "History of Templary in America" (Cincinnati, 1887).
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