Parker, Edwin B. (1868–1929)

By: Richard T. Fleming

Type: Biography

Published: 1976

Updated: August 5, 2020

Edwin B. Parker, attorney, was born in Shelby County, Missouri, on September 7, 1868. He attended Central College in Fayette, Missouri, and was awarded the LL.B. degree by the University of Texas in 1889. He returned to Missouri and worked until 1893 for the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad, first as secretary to the vice president and general manager and afterward as assistant general passenger agent. He then practiced law in Houston with the firm of Baker, Botts, Baker, and Lovett (see BAKER BOTTS), in which he became a partner in 1897. From 1920 to 1922 he served as general counsel and board member of the Texas Company in New York City. He retired from active law practice in 1925. While in Houston, he served as president of the City Park Board, president of Houston Lighting and Power Company, and vice president of the Guardian Trust Company and the South Texas Commercial Bank. When the United States entered World War I, Parker went to Washington and volunteered as a dollar-a-year man. He helped organize the War Industries Board and the Priorities Commission, to which he was appointed a member by President Woodrow Wilson. He also served as chairman of the United States Liquidation Commission, was umpire for the Mixed Claims Commission for the United States and Germany in 1923, and was commissioner of the Tripartite Claims Commission for the United States, Austria, and Hungary in 1926. Parker was on the board of trustees of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the board of George Washington University; he was a member of the American Society of International law and the Council on Foreign Relations. He was awarded the United States Distinguished Service Medal and the Order of Polonia Restituta, grade of Commander with the Star (Poland); he was also named officer of the Legion of Honor (France) and Commander of the Order of the Crown (Belgium). Parker married Katharine Putman Blunt, daughter of Maj. Gen. James G. Blunt, on December 27, 1894. He died in Washington, D.C., on October 30, 1929, and was buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Houston.

Alcalde (magazine of the Ex-Students' Association of the University of Texas), November 1929. Proceedings of the Texas Bar Association, October 1930. E. F. Smith, A Saga of Texas Law (San Antonio: Naylor, 1940). Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

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  • Lawyers
  • General Law
  • Oil and Gas Industry
  • Oil and Gas and Natural Resources Law
  • Politics and Government
  • Judges
Time Periods:
  • Progressive Era
  • Houston
  • Upper Gulf Coast
  • East Texas

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Richard T. Fleming, “Parker, Edwin B.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 27, 2022,

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August 5, 2020

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