Manassas, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Harry J. Parrish
In 1944, he married his sweetheart, Mattie H. Cannon, and today, they are proud parents of two adult children, Hal and Judy, and grandparents of three children. Harry is Chairman of the Board of Manassas Ice and Fuel Co. (MIFCO), an Old Town business started by his father in 1922.
Harry J. Parrish—The Legacy. Following in his father’s local government footsteps, Harry served on the Manassas Town Council from 1951 to 1963; served as Mayor from 1963 to 1975, in which year, he led the move from town to city status; and continued as Mayor of the City of Manassas until 1981. In that year, he
Over the decades, Harry has been actively involved in many Manassas-area civic organizations. He is especially proud of the Manassas Volunteer Fire Department and the Prince William Hospital. He joined the fire department in 1948 and today, more than half a century later, he is a contributing senior member of that organization. Harry was a founding member of the Prince William Hospital and served on the board for several decades.
Harry’s leadership and contributions have earned his many prestigious honors. Among them, he was chosen “Man of the Century – Living” in 1973 by the City of Manassas; he and Mattie were selected as Grand Marshall of the 50th annual Manassas Christmas Parade in 1995; and in September 2001, local government and civic leaders honored him for 80 consecutive years of elected service to the Greater Manassas community.
Throughout his 50+ years of dedicated community service, Harry has been recognized for his Intelligence, his integrity, his energy, and his unfailing dedication to the principles of good governance. This recognition took on lasting meaning when the Manassas City Council named this building (the former fire
Location. 38° 45.071′ N, 77° 28.234′ W. Marker is in Manassas, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Center Street (Virginia Route 28) and East Street, on the right when traveling west on Center Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Manassas VA 20110, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Steam Locomotive Tire Fire Alarm – 1909 (here, next to this marker); Wartime Manassas (a few steps from this marker); Manassas 1906 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Defenses of Manassas (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Wartime Manassas (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manassas.
Regarding Harry J. Parrish. Mr. Parrish died March 28, 2006, while serving his 13th term in the Virginia legislature.
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