Parker Corning

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Parker Corning
Parker Corning (New York Congressman).jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 28th district
In office
March 4, 1923 – January 3, 1937
Preceded byPeter G. Ten Eyck
Succeeded byWilliam T. Byrne
Personal details
Born(1874-01-22)January 22, 1874
Albany, New York
DiedMay 24, 1943(1943-05-24) (aged 69)
Albany, New York
Political partyDemocratic Party
Alma materYale University

Parker Corning (January 22, 1874 – May 24, 1943) was a United States Representative from New York.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Albany, he attended the public schools, The Albany Academy, and St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire. He graduated from Yale University in 1895, engaged in the manufacture of steel and woolens, and was also interested in banking.

His most significant accomplishment was founding what is now Albany International Corporation with two partners shortly after graduation. Originally known as Albany Felt Company, it made industrial felts for use in paper machines. The Corning family put up most of the company's founding capital, including most of its cash, wool from its sheep and the land on which the first plant was built. By the time of Corning's death it was doing millions of dollars of business in several countries; today it is a public company headquartered in Rochester, New Hampshire, that makes composite materials for use in the aerospace industry as well as industrial fabrics.

Campaign button for Parker Corning for Congress.

Corning was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-eighth and to the six succeeding Congresses, holding office from March 4, 1923 to January 3, 1937. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1936 and resumed his former pursuits. In 1943 he died in Albany; interment was in Albany Rural Cemetery.

His grandfathers Erastus Corning and Amasa J. Parker were also U.S. Representatives from New York. His brother Edwin Corning was Lieutenant Governor of New York, and his nephew Erastus Corning 2nd was Mayor of Albany. Another nephew, Edwin Corning, Jr., served in the New York State Assembly from 1955 to 1959.

On November 1, 1910, Parker Corning married Mrs. Anna Cassin McClure, divorced wife of Archibald Jermain McClure. [1]

Parker Corning owned a number of successful Thoroughbred racehorses that were raced under his wife's name. [2]


  • United States Congress. "Parker Corning (id: C000785)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • New York State Men: Biographic Studies and Character Portraits, Frederick Simon Hills, compiler and editor, Volume 1, 1910, page 232

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Peter G. Ten Eyck
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 28th congressional district

Succeeded by
William T. Byrne