James F. Park - Troup County, GA
James F. Park
Submitted by Carla Miles

Memoirs of Georgia, Vol. II, Atlanta, Ga., pages 925-926
Published by The Southern Historical Association in 1895


James F. Park, LL. D., was born May 17, 1834, in Hall county, Ga. He was the son of John and Sarah T. (Robertson) Park. His paternal great-grandfather was a native of Virginia and a soldier in the war of 1812. His paternal grandparents were also from the state of Virginia. The Park family came originally from County Donegal, Ireland, in 1744, and settled in Chester county, Penn. Dr. Park�s great-grandfather was a revolutionary soldier, killed at the battle of Cowpens. Dr. Park received his early training from his father, a teacher by profession and thorough and capable in his work; he completed his education at the university of Georgia, where he graduated with the highest honors of his class. He early chose the profession of teaching as his life work, and followed it without interruption for over thirty years. He was beyond question a great teacher and a master in his profession, and the high characters and intellects of many professional and business men, prominent and many of them eminent, in the several southern states testify to the powerful influence for good and usefulness wrought into them by his care and guidance as an educator. Few ever entered the educational field better equipped for its useful and arduous labors, and none ever reaped greater success in its truest sense. He was founder and principal of the famous Park high school of Tuskegee, Ala., and during his active labors was honored with the degree of Ph. D. by the university of Alabama, and of LL. D. by the college at Auburn, Ala. In 1883, from failing health, Dr. Park retired from his profession and removed to his native state, settling at LaGrange, Ga. Here he has lived a quiet, retired life with the exception of two years service as alderman and two years as mayor of LaGrange. During his mayoralty he was largely instrumental in the inauguration of a system of electric lights and water works for the city of LaGrange, which only needed these two additional marks of progress to render it first among the smaller cities of Georgia. In 1863 Dr. Parks married Miss Emma Bailey, daughter of William and Octavia (Holt) Bailey. Six sons are the result of this marriage: Frank, Edward Douglass (deceased), Robert Emory, Walter Gordon, Henry Earle and Raleigh Park. Dr. Park is today retired from active life and spends a quiet time at his beautiful home in LaGrange, varied with occasional travel.

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