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Parker, Peter (18 June 1804–10 January 1888), medical missionary and diplomat, was born in Framingham, Massachusetts, the son of Nathan Parker and Catherine Murdock, farmers. The member of a family of devout Calvinists, Parker had a series of religious experiences at the age of fourteen or fifteen that reinforced his overwhelming fear of sin but promised salvation through Jesus....

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Root, Joseph Pomeroy (23 April 1826–20 July 1885), physician and diplomat, was born in Greenwich, Massachusetts, the son of John Root and Lucy Reynolds. He graduated from Berkshire Medical College (Mass.) in 1850. The following year he established a medical practice in Hartford, Connecticut, and married Frances Evaline Alden, with whom he had five children....