1835–1901

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Born: Circa 1835, Litch­field, New York.

Died: Au­gust 30, 1901, at his son’s home in New­ark, New York. He and his wife Jen­ette were killed in a train wreck on the North­ern Cen­tral Rail­road between Fair­ville and Zur­ich, New York. They had been re­turn­ing home from a week’s out­ing at their sum­mer cot­tage at Lake Bluff, So­dus Point, on Lake On­tar­io.

Buried: Newark Ce­me­te­ry, New­ark, New York.

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Biography

Parke was the son of abo­li­tion­ist Seth Bur­gess.

He at­tend­ed Ham­il­ton Col­lege, and taught math­e­ma­tics there for a while.

He served at the East Mex­i­co Pres­by­ter­i­an Church (Old Prath­am), Os­we­go Coun­ty, New York; in East Den­nis, Mas­sa­chu­setts; Dux­bu­ry, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

He ed­it­ed The Tem­per­ance Press out of Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts; lived for a year in Syr­a­cuse, New York, work­ing for the New York State Tem­per­ance So­ci­e­ty; and was ed­it­or-in-chief of the Watch­word, a week­ly fa­mi­ly news­pa­per.

In 1874, he moved to New­ark, New York, where he served as pas­tor of the Park Pres­by­ter­i­an Church for 26 years. He lat­er took a po­si­tion as Su­per­in­ten­dent of the Syr­a­cuse Dis­trict of the An­ti-Sa­loon League.

In 1884, Mon­roe Col­lege award­ed him a Doc­tor of Di­vin­i­ty de­gree.

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