He represented Saint John"s East in the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly from 1843 to 1874. He was born in Harbour Grace. Parsons apprenticed as a printer with the Royal Gazette in Saint John"s and was foreman in Henry David Winton"s printing office for six years.
He became managing editor for the Newfoundland Patriot, becoming owner and editor in 1840.
Parsons died in Saint John"s in 1883.