Chief Justice Theophilus Parsons

  • Sarah Goodridge, Gilbert Stuart, Chief Justice Theophilus Parsons, ca. 1820, watercolor on ivory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Henry L. Milmore, 1950.4.39

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A leading lawyer in New England, Theophilus Parsons (1750-1813) wrote the Essex Report, which outlined many of the principles for a republican form of government. He helped to draft the Massachusetts state constitution, and also worked to have the federal Constitution ratified. Parsons served as chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court from 1806 to 1813. Considered somewhat eccentric, Parsons was often accompanied by his wife, who made sure her husband dressed well and looked presentable.

Title
Chief Justice Theophilus Parsons
Artists
Date
ca. 1820
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sight 2 3/4 x 2 1/8 in. (7.0 x 5.4 cm) rectangle
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Henry L. Milmore

Mediums
Mediums Description
watercolor on ivory
Classifications
Highlights
Keywords
  • Portrait male – Parsons, Theophilus – bust
  • Occupation – law – chief justice
Object Number
1950.4.39
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