Albion Parris

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Albion Keith Parris
Albion K. Parris.jpg
United States Senator
from Maine
In office
March 4, 1827 – August 26, 1828
Preceded byJohn Holmes
Succeeded byJohn Holmes
5th Governor of Maine
In office
January 5, 1822 – January 3, 1827
Preceded byDaniel Rose
Succeeded byEnoch Lincoln
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maine
In office
February 3, 1818 – January 1, 1822
Appointed byJames Monroe
Preceded byDavid Sewall
Succeeded byAshur Ware
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 20th district
In office
March 4, 1815 – February 3, 1818
Preceded byLevi Hubbard
Succeeded byEnoch Lincoln
Member of the Massachusetts Senate
In office
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
BornJanuary 19, 1788
Hebron, Massachusetts
(now Maine)
DiedFebruary 11, 1857(1857-02-11) (aged 69)
Portland, Maine
Resting placeWestern Cemetery, Portland, Maine
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materDartmouth College

Albion Keith Parris (January 19, 1788 – February 11, 1857) was an American politician and jurist of Maine. Parris served in many elected and appointed positions throughout his political career, including state legislator, U.S. Senator, the fifth Governor of Maine, state Supreme Court judge, and mayor.


Parris was born in Hebron, Maine, then a part of Massachusetts. His father, Samuel, was a lawyer and Officer of the Revolutionary War and was one of the first settlers of Hebron following the American Revolutionary War. His cousin was Virgil Delphini Parris, also a politician. Parris entered Dartmouth College in 1803, graduating in 1806. He later studied law and was admitted to the bar, beginning practice in 1809 in Paris, Maine. In 1810, he married Sarah Whitman, the eldest daughter of the Reverend Levi Whitman of Wellfleet. He had four daughters (Caroline, Helen, Julia and Sarah) and two sons (Albert and Samuel), all except daughter Helen survived him and son Albert W Parris was a lawyer in Wisconsin.

In 1811, Parris became the Oxford County prosecutor. From 1813 to 1814, Parris served in the State House; from 1814 to 1816 he was a member of the State Senate.

On March 4, 1815, Parris began his term as a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, elected as a Democratic-Republican. On January 27, 1818, Parris was nominated by President James Monroe to become a judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maine, the seat having been vacated by David Sewall. The appointment was confirmed by the United States Senate the next day, and Parris resigned from Congress on February 3, 1818, to assume his judgeship. In 1819, Parris was a delegate to the Maine constitutional convention. He served as a judge until January 1, 1822, when he resigned to become the Governor of Maine. Parris served as Governor until 1827.

That year, Parris was elected to the U.S. Senate, serving from March 4, 1827, to August 26, 1828, when he resigned to become a judge on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Parris served as a Supreme Judicial Court judge until 1836, when he became the Second Comptroller of the Treasury; Parris served in this position until 1850. In the fall of 1846, he served as one of the three commissioners negotiating a treaty at Washington, D.C. with the Winnebago (Ho-Chunk) Indians.[1]

In 1852, Parris became the mayor of Portland, defeating Whig incumbent Neal Dow. He did not seek reelection and launched an unsuccessful bid in 1854 as a Democrat to become governor; he was defeated by Know Nothing candidate Anson Morrill.[2] In his later years he was an active member of the High Street Church and a Sunday School teacher. He died at age 69 in Portland and was interred at the Western Cemetery. Removed to Evergreen Cemetery.


  1. ^ "History: Ratified treaty no. 249, documents relating to the negotiation of the treaty of October 13, 1846, with the Winnebago Indians: Ratified treaty no. 249, documents relating to the negotiation of the treaty of October 13, 1846, with the Winnebago Indians".
  2. ^ "Our Campaigns - ME Governor Race - Sep 11, 1854".
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Levi Hubbard
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 20th congressional district

(Maine district)
March 4, 1815 – February 3, 1818
Succeeded by
Enoch Lincoln
Legal offices
Preceded by
David Sewall
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maine
Succeeded by
Ashur Ware
Political offices
Preceded by
Benjamin Ames
Governor of Maine
Succeeded by
Enoch Lincoln
Preceded by
Neal S. Dow
Mayor of Portland, Maine
Succeeded by
J. B. Cahoon
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
John Holmes
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Maine
March 4, 1827 – August 26, 1828
Served alongside: John Chandler
Succeeded by
John Holmes