US Congressman from New York. He graduated from Williams College, studied law, and began practice in Plattsburgh, Clinton County in 1810. He served as Paymaster for the Eighth Regiment of New York Militia in the War of 1812. In 1816 he was elected to the US House as a Democratic-Republican and served one term, 1817 to 1819. He did not run for reelection, and served as Clinton County District Attorney from 1818 to 1832. Palmer was a member of the New York Assembly in 1832, and was Clinton County Judge from 1832 until he resigned in 1837. In 1836 he was elected to the US House as a Democrat and served one term, 1837 to 1839. He did not run for reelection, and returned to Plattsburgh. In 1840 he traveled to St. Barthelemy in the French West Indies in an attempt to improve his health, but he died without recovering. He was the uncle of George William Palmer, who also served in Congress.
Bio by: Bill McKern