Lewis Baldwin Parsons, Jr. (April 5, 1818 - March 16, 1907) was an officer who was appointed the rank of brevet major general of volunteers at the very end of the American Civil War on April 30, 1865. He had been in charge of rail and river transportation in the Department of Mississippi and in 1864 was placed in charge of all river and rail transport for the entire Union Army. Before the war, he had graduated from Harvard Law School and practiced law in Alton, Illinois. In 1854, he moved to St. Louis, where he became president of the Ohio and Mississippi Railway. Parsons College was named after his father Lewis B. Parsons, Sr. His grandfather, Charles Parsons, had been an officer in the American Revolutionary War.
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