House 1959-62 (District 36); Senate 1963-66 (District 30); Senate 1971-72 (District 31); House 1973-76 (District 43B)
Party when first elected: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus
Date of Birth:
Little Swan, Minnesota
Date of Death:
Reported Minority: None Reported
City of Residence (when first elected):
Occupation (when first elected):
Olivia High School; Secondary; Graduate
Hamline University; B.A.; 1935
Minneapolis College of Law; J.D.; 1943
Minneapolis College of Law; LL.B.;
OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE
United States Navy (World War II, Officer);
194? to 19??
District 281, Robbinsdale, Minnesota (School Board, Director);
1949 to 1958
Metropolitan Planning Commission, Minnesota;
1957 to 1958
Minnesota Historical Society Board;
1974 to 19??
Minnesota Public Service Commission (Chair);
06/01/1976 to 01/02/1980
Four children: Mary, Carol, and Jane (daughters); Richard (son)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Minnesota Senate in the 1966 election. He was involved in a contested election with Eugene F. Welter in that election. Neither of them were seated until the Minnesota Senate decided that Eugene F. Welter was entitled to the seat.
He moved to Pine City, Minnesota around 1980.
"Parish caucused with the Liberals when he was first elected to the Minnesota House in 1958." (Obituary, Star Tribune, February 1, 1992)
"Parish was an influential DFLer and had been present at the convention that founded the party in 1944, his daughter said." (Obituary, Star Tribune, February 1, 1992)
He ran unsuccessfully for the United States House of Representatives in the 3rd Congressional District in the 1964 election. He lost to Clark MacGregor.
He was member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the Minnesota United Nations.
He died from heart failure at Lakeside Nursing Home in Pine City, Minnesota. His funeral was held at the Pine City United Methodist Church in Pine City, Minnesota.
Religion provided by the Catholic Bulletin, 3/21/1975 and the Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1973-74.