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Isaac Charles Parker
Painting of Judge Isaac Parker, circa 1896.
|U.S. District Judge presiding over the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas|
March 19, 1875 – November 25, 1896
|Nominated by||Ulysses S. Grant|
|Preceded by||William Story|
|Succeeded by||John Henry Rogers|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 7th district
March 4, 1871 – March 4, 1875
|Preceded by||Joel Funk Asper|
|Succeeded by||Thomas Theodore Crittenden|
|Judge of the 12th Missouri Circuit Court|
October 15, 1838|
Barnesville, Ohio, US
|Died||November 17, 1896
Fort Smith, Arkansas, US
Isaac Charles Parker (October 15, 1838 – November 17, 1896) was an American politician and jurist. He served as the United States Congressman for Missouri's 7th congressional district for two terms and presided over the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas for 21 years. He was known as the "Hanging Judge".
In 21 years on the federal bench, Parker tried 13,490 cases; more than 8,500 defendants either pleaded guilty or were convicted at trial. He sentenced 160 people to death and 79 were executed; the others died while incarcerated, were acquitted, pardoned, or their sentences were commuted.
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Photo of Parker's courtroom reconstructed at the Fort Smith National Historic Site taken in 1966
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