POLITICS

Two Cousins
in the White House

Two men to occupy the White House are descendants of the Guilford Parmelees! Rutherford B. Hayes, right, and George W. Bush, below, were declared victors after close votes and disputed ballots in Florida. Both were Republican governors who lost the popular vote but won in the Electoral College by slim margins.

Presidential Encounters

John Quincy Adams: The pages of his diary mention visits from Dr. Eleazer Parmly, the pioneering dentist.

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McKinley: Cleveland Mayor William and Martha Emily (Parmelee) Rose entertained the Ohio governor (and future president) and his
wife, Ida.

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Taft: Once he'd left office and returned to Yale to teach, he had his eye on Henry Spencer Parmelee's old home.

An Alumnus of
the Electoral College

Many voters believe they cast their ballot for a presidential candidate, but they actually are selecting a slate of electors prescribed by the Constitution who do the real voting. One member of the family was a member of the Electoral College.

Solomon [1798-1876; Sheldon, Thomas, Thomas, Job, John, John] of Lockport, N.Y., was selected by the Whig Party in 1848 to be the elector from the state's 34th Congressional District. And Zachary Taylor, the party's candidate, carried the state.

Taylor and Democrat Lewis Cass each carried 15 states; former President Martin Van Buren, running as the Free Soil candidate, failed to win any. Taylor polled 1.36 million votes, or 47.3% to Cass' 1.22 million, or 42.5%, to Van Buren's 292,000, or 10.1%.

Taylor defeated Cass in the Electoral College, 163-127. And Solomon was one of the 163-member majority.

Election 2019

Litigator & former prosecutor wins seat in New Jersey

Two decades ago, Mark [Gordon Victor, Arthur Leroy, Martin "Frank" Francis, Erastus Kellogg, Joshua, Joshua, Jehiel, Joshua, John, John] and wife rolled into Westfield, N.J., and it just felt like a good place to call home.

Westfield, N.J., Town Council

Bodmer-R 767 38.14%
Parmelee-D 1,244 61.86%

After putting down roots and raising four children, Mark, a Democrat, decided to run for the Ward 2 council seat against Republican Richard J. Bodmer in the Nov. 5 general election. Mark is a securities litigator for Greenberg & Traurig; previously he was a prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.

"I can help make meaningful strides in the growth of our town," he says with an eye on increasing access to improved athletic facilities and cultivating the downtown business district for long-term growth. "I want my children to see that being part of a community means contributing to its success." Even if you don't live in the Garden State, you may have heard Mark -- on TV! He also does voice-overs for the NFL, the Fox Television Network and Dick's Sporting Goods commercials.

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Colorado Mayor Ousted but
Recall Backer Loses Race

Voters in Brighton, Colo., sent Mayor Ken Kreutzer packing Nov. 5, but pro-recall candidate Debra Parmley [Carl "Skinny" E., Henry Lincoln, Thomas Benton, William Henry, John, Richard, Ephraim, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel,

Brighton, Colo., City Council

Parmley-R 704 45.54%
Jordinelli-D 842 54.46%

John, John], a Republican, lost her bid for the Ward 3 seat in raucous campaign. Some accused her and her allies of leveraging a loophole to secure her candidacy bid while opponents registered false websites to hobble her campaign.

When Debra submitted her candidacy petition Aug. 26, municipal code said she needed 25 valid signatures from Ward 3 residents; only 17 were ruled valid. "The signature page statement on the petition states the person signing is a registered voter in Brighton," she said, but the cover page states that signers must live in the ward. Nevertheless, the municipal code also states that if 25 signatures are submitted -- valid or invalid -- a cure period is allowed. City Clerk Natalie Hole granted Debra four days to submit the required number of valid signatures, which she did.

Sam McKinney, a Brighton resident who has butted heads with Debra while serving on a local homeowners association board registered a 527 political organization with the city called Citizens against Debra Parmley, which supported Jordinelli but wasn't guided by the candidate. To ensure Debra couldn't register a pithier campaign URL, McKinney registered three separate URLs, in case she wanted to use any of them.

Said Debra: "For my opponent to allow this malice and scorn to occur speaks volumes to his character and lack of integrity not mine."



Burr, Cheney ... and Parmalee?

When it comes to a pol giving someone the business end of a firearm, we're right up there with Aaron Burr (the vice president who killed rival Alexander Hamilton in 1804) and Dick Cheney (the vice president who wounded fellow hunter Harry Whittington in 2006).

Daniel Stevens Parmalee [1821-1891; William, Dan, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a member of the Nebraska Territorial Legislature that met in Omaha in 1867, and a Douglas County member of the House of Representatives for the state's first two legislative sessions, from 1867 to 1871, made headlines when his feud with Tom Keeler erupted in gunfire in 1874.

The story made the front pages of newspapers nationwide. It was made-to-order drama: a long-time grudge over a piece of property, two men blazing away at one another, runaway mule teams ... and Keeler was survived by two of his four wives!


A Roster of Public Officials

This is the beginning of a list of family members who have been in public office. Know of others? Email me.

Federal
White House
  • Carole A. (Clemens) Parmelee (1944- ),
    Chief of staff to Clinton Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles 1996-1998
Senate
  • Carole A. (Clemens) Parmelee (1944- ),
    Executive assistant to Sen. Ed Muskie, D-Maine, 1980-1981
  • Kenneth Armand Parmelee (1940- ),
    Chief of staff to Sen. Vance Hartke, D-Ind., 1974-1977
House of Representatives
  • Kenneth Armand Parmelee (1940- )
    Chief of staff to Rep. Jim Florio, D-N.J., 1977-1081
State Department
  • Carole A. (Clemens) Parmelee (1944- ),
    Executive assistant to Secretary Ed Muskie, 1980-1981
  • Michael E. Parmly (1951- ), right,
    Chief of Mission-Designate for the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Cuba
State
Connecticut
  • Abner-D (1805-1875)
    Killingworth, representative to the General Assembly, 1857-59
  • Abraham (1717-1795)
    Goshen, deputy to the Colonial Assembly, 1769
  • Alice Emmons-R (1903-1992)
    Hartland, representative to the General Assembly, 1943-44, 1953-54
  • Arthur E.-D (1865-1937)
    Killingworth, representative to the General Assembly, 1901-02, 1909-10
  • Arvington Davis-D (1838-1921)
    Killingworth, representative to the General Assembly, 1891-92
  • Bryan (1732-1817)
    Chatham (now East Hampton), representative to the General Assembly, 1785-86
  • Chauncey-D (ca1793-1869)
    Killingworth, representative to the General Assembly, 1853-55
  • Clayton Abner-D (1864-1942)
    Saybrook, representative to the General Assembly, 1911-12
  • Cleon Lorenzo-R (1884-1958)
    Killingworth, representative to the General Assembly, 1917-19, 1919-20
  • Dan (1748-1825)
    Durham, representative to the General Assembly, 1789-95, 1797-1804, 1806-08, 1813-16
  • Dan Edward-R (1893-1929)
    Durham, representative to the General Assembly, 1923-24
  • Eli-R (1808-1882)
    Guilford, representative to the General Assembly, 1868-69
  • Eliab Harvey-R (1816-1890)
    Killingworth, representative to the General Assembly, 1861-62
  • Frederick Henry-R (1833-1920)
    New London, representative to the General Assembly, 1895-96
  • Henry Elisha-R (1830-1896)
    Guilford, representative to the General Assembly, 1889-90
  • Herbert Eugene-R (1853-1926)
    Guilford, representative to the General Assembly, 1897-98
  • Horace Linsley-D (1819-1898)
    Killingworth, representative to the General Assembly, 1873-75
  • Isaac-R (1801-1878)
    Durham, representative to the General Assembly, 1865-66
  • Jared "Jerry"-D (ca1801-1881)
    Killingworth, representative to the General Assembly, 1855-57
  • Leverett Wilson-D (1833-1914)
    Killingworth, representative to the General Assembly, 1875-77
  • Levi (1745-1819)
    Durham, representative to the General Assembly, 1797-98
  • Lovel Davis-R (1866-1940)
    Killingworth, representative to the General Assembly, 1903-04, 1907-08, 1929-30
  • Monroe E.-D (1848-1890)
    Killingworth, representative to the General Assembly, 1887-88
  • Norman Lewis-R (1839-1923)
    Killingworth, representative to the General Assembly, 1893-94, 1895-96
  • Oliver (1734-1816)
    Bethlehem, representative to the General Assembly, 1792, 1797-98
  • Richard Clarke-R (1913-1986)
    Durham, representative to the General Assembly, 1945-46, 1947-48
  • William Augustus-R (1818-1902)
    Durham, representative to the General Assembly, 1859-60
  • William Hayden-D (1849-1933)
    Essex, representative to the General Assembly, 1891-92
Louisiana
  • Sylvester Freeman (1836-1879)
    New Orleans, 12th Ward, House of Representatives, 1879
Michigan
  • Abner Cornelius . (1806-1889)
    Barry County, House of Representatives, 1844-46
Missouri
  • Deleta (Parmly) Williams-D (1935- )
    right, District 121 of House of Representatives,1996-2002
Nebraska*
  • Daniel S. (1821-1891)
    Territory legislator, 1867; House of Representatives, 1867-71
South Dakota
  • Harry Truman-R (1860-1935)
    House of Representatives, 1901-02
  • Joseph William Lincoln-R (1861-1940)
    House of Representatives, 1905-08
Vermont
  • Abner Augustus-D (1860-1935)
    House of Representatives, St. Albans, 1921
  • Alanson (1792-1860)
    House of Representatives, Wilmington, 1833-34
  • Charles Henry (1858-ca 1946), right
    House of Representatives, Wilmington, 1919
  • Daniel Everett (1776-1864)
    House of Representatives, Bristol, 1825, 1832
  • Fred Leete (1878-1975)
    House of Representatives, Putney, 1921
  • George Washington (1814-1884)
    House of Representatives, Brandon, 1865-66
  • Samuel B. (1757-1828)
    House of Representatives, Fairfax, 1818
Wisconsin
  • Thomas Easton (1793-?)
    Territory legislator, House of Representatives, 1840-41

* Unicameral legislature since 1937 - no House of Representatives

Local
California
  • Nancy (Wellman)
    Sonoma, mayor, 1976, 1980, 1987
Connecticut
  • Dan (1748-1825)
    Durham, justice of the peace, 1791-1817
  • Isaac (1801-1878)
    Durham, justice of the peace, 1846
  • John (1612-1687/88)
    Guilford's sexton/drummer, 1652
  • Nathaniel (1645-ca1676)
    Killingworth's sexton/drummer, 1666
  • William Augustus (1818-1902)
    Durham, town clerk, 1859-60
Indiana
Maine
Massachusetts
  • Asaph (1794-1868)
    Boston, alderman, 1842
Nebraska
  • Thomas E.. (1874-1922)
    Plattsmouth, mayor, 1902
New Jersey
  • Mark. (1966- )
    Westfield, city councilman, 2019-
Vermont
  • Abner Augustus. (1857-1924)
    St. Albans, alderman

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Westfield, N.J., 2nd Ward

Bodmer-R 767 38.14%
Parmelee-D 1,244 61.86%