Parker, Edith H., 1905-1985


Parker, Edith H., 1905-1985


Bio: Edith H. Parker (b. Edith Helene Parker or Edith Helen Parker, June 20, 1905, Shawnee, Oklahoma-d. March 24, 1985, Augusta, Georgia), journalist, professor, and congressional aide. She received her teaching certificate in 1923 from the Virginia State Normal School in Fredericksburg and taught elementary school before working as a reporter, librarian, and assistant editor for the Washington Herald newspaper from 1931 to 1934. She then worked for Texas Senator Tom Connally as a congressional aide, and penned the declaration of war against Japan after the attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II. Parker received her doctorate in history from the University of Texas and taught at Northwestern Oklahoma State University from 1953 to 1954; East Texas State University from 1954 to 1958; and Del Mar College from 1958 to 1968, retiring as chair of the history department at Del Mar College in 1970. Parker is interred in Roxobel-Kelford Cemetery in Roxobel, North Carolina


LBJ Connection: Long-time friend of the Johnsons; Employee of Senator Tom Connally, Texas, 1934-1944; Defense Department employee, 1950s