Francis W. Palmer

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Francis Wayland Palmer
Francis W. Palmer - History of Iowa.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1869 – March 3, 1873
Preceded byGrenville M. Dodge
Succeeded byJames Wilson
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the Chautauqua County, 2nd district
In office
January 1, 1854 – December 31, 1855
Preceded byJeremiah Ellsworth
Succeeded bySmith Berry
Personal details
Born(1827-10-11)October 11, 1827
North Manchester, Indiana, USA
DiedDecember 3, 1907(1907-12-03) (aged 80)
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Political partyRepublican
ProfessionPolitician, Publisher, Printer, Editor

Francis Wayland Palmer (October 11, 1827 – December 3, 1907) was a nineteenth-century politician, publisher, printer, editor and proprietor from New York, Iowa and Illinois.


Born in North Manchester, Indiana, Palmer moved to Jamestown, New York with his parents as a child and learned the printing trade at the Jamestown Journal in 1841. He later became the owner of the newspaper in 1848 and was a member of the New York State Assembly (Chautauqua Co, 2nd D.) in 1854 and 1855. He sold the Jamestown Journal in 1858 and moved to Dubuque, Iowa the same year where he became editor and one of the proprietors of the Dubuque Times. Palmer served as Iowa state printer from 1861 to 1869, moved to Des Moines, Iowa in 1861 and was publisher and owner of the Iowa State Register. He was elected a Republican to the United States House of Representatives in 1868, serving from 1869 to 1873, not being a candidate for renomination in 1872. He moved to Chicago, Illinois in 1873 and purchased an interest in the Inter-Ocean, becoming its editor-in-chief. Palmer was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1876, was appointed postmaster of Chicago by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1877, serving until 1885 and served as Public Printer of the United States from 1889 to 1894 and again from 1897 to 1905. Palmer died in Chicago, Illinois on December 3, 1907 and was interred in Graceland Cemetery in Chicago.

External links[edit]

  • United States Congress. "Francis W. Palmer (id: P000038)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2009-05-12
  • "Francis W. Palmer". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2009-05-12.
New York Assembly
Preceded by
Jeremiah Ellsworth
New York State Assembly
Chautauqua County, 2nd District

Succeeded by
Smith Berry
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Grenville M. Dodge
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 5th congressional district

March 4, 1869 – March 3, 1873
Succeeded by
James Wilson