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Andrew Parsons

Andrew Parsons
10th Governor of Michigan
In office
March 8, 1853 – January 3, 1855
Lieutenant George Griswold
Preceded by Robert McClelland
Succeeded by Kinsley S. Bingham
9th Lieutenant Governor of Michigan
In office
Governor Robert McClelland
Preceded by Calvin Britain
Succeeded by George Griswold
Personal details
Born July 22, 1817
Hoosick, New York
Died June 6, 1855 (aged 37)
Corunna, Michigan
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Married Marrietta Clason

Andrew Parsons (July 22, 1817 – June 6, 1855) was a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan.

Early life in New York

Parsons was born in Hoosick, New York. He was the son of John Parsons, and the grandson of Andrew Parsons, a Revolutionary soldier, who was the son of Phineas Parsons, the son of Samuel Parsons, a descendant of Walter Parsons, born in Ireland in 1290.

Life and politics in Michigan

Parsons moved to clerk at the age of nineteen.

Parsons became an attorney, and in 1840 was elected Register of Deeds, then reelected in 1842 and 1844. In 1846, he was elected to the Michigan State Senate from the sixth district and was appointed Prosecuting Attorney in 1848. He became a Regent of the University of Michigan in 1851 and was also elected as ninth Lieutenant Governor in 1852.

Parsons became the tenth Governor of Michigan when Robert McClelland resigned in March 1853 to become the Secretary of the Interior under U.S. President Franklin Pierce. Parsons did not receive the Democratic Party's nomination for governor in 1854, at least partly because the party was split by question of slavery and by the formation of the Republican Party (which held its first convention that year in Jackson, Michigan). During his twenty-two months as governor, tax laws were improved and the practice of depositing surplus state funds in banks was opposed.

Retirement and death

In 1855, Parsons was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives from

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