Parker Lucas Westbrook was born January 4, 1926, in Nashville, Howard County, Arkansas.
Westbrook graduated from Chillicothe Business College in Missouri. He became a court reporter for the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Arkansas at eighteen before returning to Chillicothe Business College to teach.
Westbrook joined Boyd Tackett’s 1948 congressional campaign and ultimately served in the administration of four Arkansas politicians, including Senator J. William Fulbright and Governor David Pryor. Active in historic preservation, he has served on the Pioneer Washington Restoration Foundation, the Historic Arkansas Museum Board of Directors, the President’s Council for Historic Preservation, and many others. Westbrook championed legislation for the official spelling of “Arkansas’s,” earning him the nickname “Mr. Apostrophe.”
Westbrook passed away on November 19, 2015.