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William H. Parker (1826-1896) was president from 1875-1882. Parker was a New Yorker who had been first in his class at the Naval Academy, served as captain in the Confederate navy, and founded the Confederate Naval Academy in Richmond.

He came to the College as professor of engineering at the same time that Samuel Jones came as president, and the two worked closely together until Jones's departure. Parker then continued a program virtually identical to that of Jones which was equally unpopular.

The state legislature pressured him by denying state aid in 1882. Parker responded by resigning and subsequently went to Korea as the United States consul.

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