Parsons, Lewis Eliphalet
- Sarah Woolfolk Wiggins
Parsons, Lewis Eliphalet (28 April 1817–08 June 1895), provisional governor of Alabama (1865), provisional governor of Alabama (1865), was born in Lisle, New York, the eldest son of Erastus Bellamy Parsons, a farmer and a descendant of Jonathan Edwards, and Jennett Hepburn. Educated in New York public schools, Parsons read law in New York and Philadelphia. In 1840 he moved to Talladega, Alabama, and formed a successful law partnership with Alexander White. In 1841 he married Jane Chrisman, with whom he had seven children. Active as a Whig and then as a Know-Nothing, he was a presidential elector for ...