Frank N. Parsons papers, 1870 - 1892Manuscript MS-1289

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Frank N. Parsons papers, 1870 - 1892

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1289

Collection Dates:

1870 - 1892

Size of Collection:

1 box (1.5 linear ft.)


Frank N. Parson (1854-1934), Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Dartmouth College Class of 1874. The collection consists of notebooks, bound legal correspondence and a diary.

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Use & Access

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Use Restrictions

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Frank N. Parsons contain account books and a diary he kept while a student at Dartmouth College. The diary recounts Parson's sophomore year and describes his extracurricular activities, which included spending time with his classmates playing games like billiards. He also describes his finances and his scholarships and records the amount of money received from his family and others. Bound and indexed legal correspondence from his private law practice and notes regarding the Pinkerton Academy Case of 1891 are also included.


Frank Nesmith Parsons was born on September 3, 1854 in Dover, New Hampshire. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1874. After graduation he taught for several years before beginning his study of law. He passed the bar in 1879, and opened a law office with Austin F. Pike. In 1891, Parsons was appointed the state law reporter and from 1893-1894, he served on the New Hampshire Executive Council. In 1895, he became associate justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court and chief justice in 1902. He held that positions until 1924, after which he served as state representative until 1928. Parsons was also president of the board of trustees at Pinkerton Academy, president of Franklin Hospital, and president of the New Hampshire Historical Society. He died on August 9, 1934, in Franklin, New Hampshire.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Papers, 1870-1892

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Box: 1, Dates: 1870-1892

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Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Account Books, 1870
  • Folder: 2, Diary, 1871-1872
  • Folder: 3, Notebook: Pinkerton Academy Case, with letter, 1891
  • Folder: 4, Letter Book: Legal correspondence with index, 1891-1892

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