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Alton B. Parker Ceremony Tomorrow at County Courthouse

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A ceremony to honor the late Alton B. Parker will take place tomorrow, October 5th at 2pm at the Cortland County in the City of Cortland.


Alton B. Parker – Image Courtesy of Historical Society of New York Courts

The ceremony will mark the centennial of Parker ceremonially laying the cornerstone of the County Courthouse. Parker currently has a portrait on display at the Main Courtroom in the courthouse and for a number of years, has not had a biographical plaque placed nearby.

The court has now commissioned a plaque to now be on display next to Parker’s portrait to commemorate his career.

During the ceremony, the plaque will be dedicated, and former mayor of the City of Cortland, Marty Mack, will also share his knowledge of Judge Parker’s career. There will also be artifacts from Parker’s career on display.

Alton B. Parker later served as Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals from 1898 to 1904, he then ran as the democratic candidate for the 1904 US presidential election, but lost to then incumbent Teddy Roosevelt.

The ceremony is free and open to the public.

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