Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


W. M. R. PARKER was born in Boston, Mass., Nov. 15, 1837. He was educated in that city, graduating from the Boston High School. In June, 1856, he came to California, locating in San Francisco. Six years later he came to Monterey County, and began the study of law in the town of Monterey, where he resided for ten years. That same year, 1862, he was elected County Clerk, which office he held for eight years. At the expiration of his term of office he was appointed Under Sheriff, and served the county in that capacity two years.

In 1870 he was re-elected County Clerk and held the office four years, when he was appointed County Judge by Governor Booth. This responsible and honorable position he filled very creditably for two years, making a total of fourteen consecutive years that he served the county in office. Since then he has practiced law in Salinas City, where, with his wife and children, he has made his home since 1872.

Source: Monterey County : its general features, resources, attractions, and inducements to investors and home seekers. Salinas, Calif.: E.S. Harrison, 1889, 89 pgs.