J2279

Commemorating the life and accomplishments of The Honorable Alton B. Parker, one of Cortland, New York's most accomplished native sons

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J2279


Senate Resolution No. 2279

BY: Senator OBERACKER

COMMEMORATING the life and accomplishments of The
Honorable Alton B. Parker, one of Cortland, New
York's most accomplished native sons

WHEREAS, New York State has long been the birthplace and home to
great historical figures, men and women who, through their great
personal and professional achievements, have furthered the causes of
humanity, government, education, medicine, social reform and science;
and

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to commemorate the
life and accomplishments of The Honorable Alton B. Parker, one of
Cortland, New York's most accomplished native sons; and

WHEREAS, This auspicious occasion will be celebrated at the Cortland
County Courthouse, upon which Judge Alton B. Parker laid the
cornerstone, on its Centennial Anniversary, Wednesday, October 5, 2022;
and

WHEREAS, Alton B. Parker was born to Harriet F. (Stratton) and John
Brooks Parker on May 14, 1852, in Cortlandville, where a New York State
historical sign marks the place of his birth; his parents encouraged
reading and taught him the value of a good education; and

WHEREAS, Alton B. Parker attended Cortland Academy, and left to
teach at Virgil School and in Binghamton where he became engaged to Mary
Louise Schoonmaker; he completed his high school studies and attended
the first class at Cortland Normal School, now known as the State
University of New York at Cortland; years later, the local school was
named the Parker Elementary School in his honor; and

WHEREAS, After graduating, Alton B. Parker married Mary Louise and
became a clerk at the legal firm of Schoonmaker & Hardenburgh; he then
earned his law degree at Albany Law School of Union University, and
practiced law in Kingston until 1878, as the senior partner of the firm
Parker & Kenyon; and

WHEREAS, From 1877-1885, Alton B. Parker served as an Ulster County
Surrogate; he was then appointed to the New York Supreme Court, and
elected to the position the following year; in 1889, he was appointed to
the newly formed Second Department of the Appellate Division, and in
November of 1897, he successfully ran for the post of Chief Judge of the
Court of Appeals; and

WHEREAS, During this time, Judge Alton B. Parker and his wife bought
an estate in Esopus on the Hudson River, calling the house "Rosemount";
they were the parents of two children, Bertha and John, who
unfortunately died of tetanus as a young child; and

WHEREAS, In 1904, Judge Alton B. Parker was nominated as the
Democratic candidate for President of the United States; even though he
was a strong contender, the popular incumbent Republican President
Theodore Roosevelt was reelected; and


WHEREAS, Judge Alton B. Parker returned to practicing law, and
served as the President of the American Bar Association from 1906-1907;
a few years later, he managed John Alden Dix's successful 1910
gubernatorial campaign and delivered the keynote address of the 1912
Democratic National Convention, which nominated Woodrow Wilson for
President; and

WHEREAS, On October 5, 1922, Judge Alton B. Parker was given the
honor of laying the cornerstone for the Cortland County Courthouse; 100
years later, on October 5, 2022, a plaque will be dedicated in
recognition of the many accomplishments and good deeds of this
remarkable man; and

WHEREAS, After his wife died in 1917, Judge Alton B. Parker married
Amelia Day Campbell in 1923; three years later, at the age of 73, he
died from a heart attack, and was buried in Wiltwyck Cemetery in
Kingston; and

WHEREAS, A singular asset to all of the citizens he has served in
the community of Cortland, and New York State as a whole, Judge Alton B.
Parker's life and career are a portrait of preeminence in public
service, and present a role model for all who aspire to a career in
public service; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the life and accomplishments of The Honorable Alton B.
Parker, one of Cortland, New York's most accomplished native sons; and
be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to the State of New York Supreme Court.

actions

  • 14 / Apr / 2022
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 26 / Apr / 2022
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 26 / Apr / 2022
    • ADOPTED

Resolution Details

Law Section:
Resolutions, Legislative

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