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Samuel Parker
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Samuel Parker was Henry Parker's father.  When Henry was 12, Samuel vounteered to go on a mission trip to the west--the area that later became Oregon and Washington.  He left his family at home.
Samuel went on a three year journey, ending by sailing to the Sandwich Islands (now called Hawaii), then around South America and back to New York.  He wrote a book called Journal of an Exploring Tour Beyond the Rocky Mountains, and it became a best-seller.
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