James Benton Parsons, 81, who became the first black...

DEATHS ELSEWHERE

June 22, 1993

James Benton Parsons, 81, who became the first black federal judge in the nation when President John F. Kennedy appointed him in 1961, died Saturday in Chicago after a long illness. He retired from trial work last year but had remained active, performing such duties as swearing in new citizens, until illness made that impossible.

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