Theophilus Parsons (professor)

Theophilus Parsons (1797–1882) was Dane Professor of Law at Harvard from 1848 to 1870.

Parsons is remembered chiefly as the author of a series of useful legal treatises and some books in support of Swedenborgian doctrines. He wrote a life of his father, an American jurist, who was also named Theophilus Parsons (1749–1813). It was published in Boston in 1859.[1] He also edited and published the Civil War letters of his daughter, Emily Elizabeth Parsons, a nurse and administrator of Benton Barracks military hospital in St. Louis, Mo.[2]

He graduated from Harvard College in 1815.[3]



  1. Chisholm 1911.
  2. Parsons, Theophilus and Parsons, Emily Elizabeth, 'Memoir of Emily Elizabeth Parsons, Little Brown and Company (1880)
  3. Bryant, William Cullen; Voss, Thomas G. (1975). The Letters of William Cullen Bryant: 1809-1836. ISBN 9780823209910.

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