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Joel Parker
Attorney General
1875

     
  Joel Parker was born in Freehold, New Jersey on November 24, 1816. He attended the College of New Jersey, which later became Princeton University, and graduated in 1839. After graduation he worked in the law office of Henry W. Green and was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1842.  
  Parker was elected to the New Jersey State Legislature as a Democrat in 1847, where he took an active interest in tax reform. In 1841, he declined to run for re-election and, in the same year, he was appointed Prosecutor of Pleas for Monmouth County, where he served for five years. Parker was elected brigadier general of the New Jersey militia in 1851 and, in 1860, was appointed major general by Governor Charles S. Olden. On September 4, 1862 he was nominated for Governor by the Democratic party and subsequently became Governor. Parker left the office of Governor in 1866 and returned to his law practice. In 1871, he was again elected Governor, becoming the first person to be elected twice to the governorship. After leaving the governorship for the second time, he served as state Attorney General in 1875. He served as a presidential elector in 1876 and as a Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court from 1880 until his death.
 
 
 
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