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Josiah Parker

United States Bill of Rights 1789 (2021 Edition)

(11 May 1751 – 11 March 1810) Member of the U.S. House of Representatives and farmer.

During the Revolutionary War, Parker served as a member of the Continental Army, where he reached the rank of colonel of the Virginia Regiment. After resigning from the army in July 1778, he became a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. Reluctant to relinquish Virginia's power by ratifying the Constitution, Parker ran for delegate of the Virginia Convention in 1788. He later served on the First through the Sixth United States Congresses. He was the first national legislator in American history to formally introduce an antislavery motion in Congress.

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