• Rifle Regiment arriving at Belle Point, 1817. Artwork by Michael Haynes

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    National Historic Site AR,OK

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Speeches of Judge Parker

Judge Parker seated at his bench in courtroom on 6th Street
Judge Parker
Sixth Street Courthouse
c. 1890s
 

During his lifetime career as a politician and judge, Isaac Parker was a prolific speaker and writer. His charges to juries were known to last up to two hours in length. As a federal judge of the late 19th century, Judge Parker's speeches reflect the social and legal thought at the time; certainly much of what Judge Parker said in his jury charges could be considered grounds for an appeal today.

The speeches contained here come from a variety of original sources, primarily historic newspapers, therefore they may not reflect exactly the words of the judge. However, only historic sources were used, in order to ensure the highest level of accuracy.

Use the links on this page to explore the words of Judge Parker, and allow him to speak for himself.

 

Did You Know?

deputy marshals pose with their rifles for a formal portrait

Fort Smith National Historic Site has records of over 1,770 people employed by the Federal Court for the Western District of Arkansas from 1872-1896. The majority of these employees were U.S. Deputy Marshals.