Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Parker, Edward Griffin
PARKER, Edward Griffin, lawyer, b. in Boston, Mass., 16 Nov., 1825; d. in New York city, 30 March, 1868. He was graduated at Yale in 1847, studied law under Rufus Choate, was admitted to the bar in 1849, and practised in Boston till the beginning of the civil war. In 1857-'8 he edited the political department of the Boston “Traveller.” He became a volunteer aide on Gen. Benjamin F. Butler's staff in 1861, and the next year was adjutant-general and chief of staff to Gen. John H. Martindale during his command of the Department of Washington. He settled in New York after the war, and was in charge of the American literary bureau of reference. He contributed frequently to the press, and published “The Golden Age of American Oratory” (Boston, 1857) and “Reminiscences of Rufus Choate” (New York, 1860).