Herbert Parsons (New York politician)

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Herbert Parsons
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 13th district
In office
March 4, 1905 – March 3, 1911
Preceded byFrancis B. Harrison
Succeeded byJefferson M. Levy
Personal details
Born(1869-10-28)October 28, 1869
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedSeptember 16, 1925(1925-09-16) (aged 55)
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
Spouse(s)Elsie Worthington Clews
ParentsJohn Edward Parsons
Mary Dumesnil McIlvaine
EducationYale University (1890)
OccupationLawyer, Congressman

Herbert Parsons (October 28, 1869 – September 16, 1925) was a U.S. Representative from New York.

Early life[edit]

Parsons was born in New York City on October 28, 1869. He was the son of John Edward Parsons, a former president of the New York City Bar Association, and Mary Dumesnil McIlvaine.

Parsons attended private schools in New York City, St. Paul's School, Concord, New Hampshire, Yale University, the University of Berlin, Harvard Law School, and was graduated from Yale University in 1890.


He was admitted to the bar in 1894 and commenced practice in New York City. He served as member of the board of aldermen of New York City in 1900–1904.

He was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-ninth, Sixtieth, and Sixty-first Congresses (March 4, 1905 – March 3, 1911). A 1910 run for reelection to the Sixty-second Congress was unsuccessful, and Parsons resumed the practice of law in New York City.

He served as delegate to all Republican New York State conventions from 1904 to 1920, and to the Republican National Conventions in 1908, 1912, 1916, and 1920. During the First World War he served on the general staff of the American Expeditionary Forces.

Personal life[edit]

Parsons was married to Elsie Worthington Clews, an anthropologist and folklorist of the indigenous people of the American Southwest. She was the daughter of financier and author Henry Clews. They were married in Newport, Rhode Island on September 1, 1900.[1] Together, they were the parents of:

  • Elsie "Lissa" Parsons (b. 1901)
  • John Edward Parsons (b. 1903)
  • Herbert Parsons (b. 1909)
  • Henry McIlvaine "Mac" Parsons (1911–2004), a noted behavioral psychologist.[2]

Parsons died in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, September 16, 1925. He was interred in Lenox Cemetery.



  1. ^ "Miss Clews is Married". The New York Times. Newport, Massachusetts. 1900-09-02. p. 5. Retrieved 2010-01-01.
  2. ^ "Behavioral Psychologist Henry McIlvaine Parsons, 92, Dies". Washington Post. August 1, 2004. p. C10. Retrieved 13 May 2018.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Francis B. Harrison
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 13th congressional district

March 4, 1905 – March 3, 1911
Succeeded by
Jefferson M. Levy

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.