The Klyne Esopus Museum, located in Ulster Park, New York, is housed in a former Dutch country church built in 1827. The museum offers a variety of exhibits about the culture, commerce and history of The Town of Esopus.
2004 Exhibit - Alton B. Parker
Born: May 14, 1852 in Cortland, NY
Died: May 10, 1926 in NYC.
Buried: Wiltwyck Rural Cemetery, Kingston, NY
Lived in Town of Esopus at Rosemont on the shore of the Hudson River.
1873 – Graduated Albany Law School, entered practice in Kingston.
1877-1885 – Surrogate of Ulster County; Chairman of State Democratic Committee in 1885
1885-1889 – Justice State Supreme Court
1889-1892 – Member Court of Appeals/Second Div.
1893-1896 – Member of the General Term
1896-1897 – Member of the Appellate Division
1897 – Elected Chief Justice Court of Appeals and resigned in 1904
1904 – Nominated for President of the United States, running against Theodore Roosevelt. Upon Parker’s defeat, he opened a law practice in NYC where he continued to practice until his death.
his year marks the one hundredth year anniversary of the 1904 Presidential Election in the United States. In that election Alton B. Parker, a resident of the Town of Esopus, ran against Theodore Roosevelt. Prior to 1904, Parker served many years as a New York State Justice and after his defeat in the election, Parker remained politically active, especially as an advocate for peace.
Alton B. Parker was a hard-working man of character. His life story, as well as the 1904 campaign and election, are filled with many interesting facts and events. In particular, it is striking how the campaign issues of today, one hundred years later, are similar to the issues debated in 1904.
As a resident of the Town of Esopus, Alton B. Parker’s life plays an important part in our local history.
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