Foxhall Alexander Parker, Sr. (1788 - 1857)

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Birthplace: Westmoreland, Virginia, United States
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About Foxhall Alexander Parker, Sr.

Foxhall Alexander PARKER (Commodore), born 1788, at Rock Spring,

Westmoreland Co., VA. At an early age he entered the USN,and rose to the rank of Commodore. He was placed in command of the navy yards at Boston, MA;

in 1848-9 he was selected to go to Germany to advise the Government as to the construction of the navy, and upon his return he was put in command of the Home Squadron; married 1814, Sarah Jay BOGARDUS, daughter of General Robert BOGARDUS, of NY, NY.


Foxhall Alexander Parker, Sr. (1788 – 23 November 1857) was an officer in the United States Navy.


Born in Westmoreland County, Virginia, Parker joined the Navy as a midshipman on January 1, 1808. During the War of 1812 he was captured at sea. He was commissioned lieutenant on March 9, 1813, commander on March 3, 1825 and captain on March 3, 1835.

In 1821, he served in Constitution, and assumed command of her in 1842. In 1851, as Commodore, he commanded the Home Squadron.

In 1814, he married Sarah Jay Bogardus (b. 1794), daughter of Robert Bogardus (1771-1841), and their children were Foxhall A. Parker, Jr. (1821-1879) and William Harwar Parker (1826-1896), who were also prominent naval officers.

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Westmoreland, Virginia, United States
August 5, 1821
Age 33
New York, United States
October 8, 1826
Age 38
New York, New York, United States
November 23, 1857
Age 69