Talcott Parsons was born 13 December 1902 in . Parsons was the son of Edward Smith Parsons (1863-1943) and Mary Augusta Ingersoll (1863-1949). His father had attended and was ordained as a minister, serving first as a minister for a pioneer community in . At the time of Parsons' birth Edward S. Parsons was a professor in English at and vice-president of the college. He also became known as an accomplished (1608-1674) scholar. Talcott Parsons father could be characterized as a liberal on both theological and socio-political issues. At the same time without any notion of orthodoxy, its was a family which mentally and intellectually was deeply embedded in its and tradition and also had an active self-awareness of this fact.


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