Cooke Parsons, Dd
Cooke Parsons, D.D., an American Congregational minister, was born in Hadley, Mass., in 1800. He was educated at Williams College, where he graduated in 1821. In 1826 he was ordained as pastor of the Congregational church in Ware, Mass. After continuing in this pastorate for ten or eleven years, he became pastor of the First Congregational church in Lynn, Mass., with which he remained until his death, a period of twenty-eight years. While pastor at Lynn he established the "New England Puritan," which, after some time, was united with the "Recorder," under the name of the "Puritan Recorder," which name was later changed to that of the "Boston Recorder," of which Mr. Cooke became, and remained until his death, the senior editor. In 1829 he published a sermon on The Exclusiveness of Unitarianism, and afterwards several other controversial writings. He died at Lynn, Feb. 12,1864. — See Annual American Cyclop. for 1864, p. 355.