George William Palmer (New York)

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George William Palmer
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 16th district
In office
March 4, 1857 – March 3, 1861
Preceded byGeorge A. Simmons
Succeeded byWilliam A. Wheeler
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the Clinton County district
In office
January 1, 1885 – December 31, 1886
Preceded byWilliam E. Smith
Succeeded byGeorge S. Weed
Personal details
Born(1818-01-13)January 13, 1818
Hoosick, New York
DiedMarch 13, 1916(1916-03-13) (aged 98)
Plattsburgh, New York
Alma materSchodack Academy, Yale College

George William Palmer (January 13, 1818 – March 12, 1916) was a United States Representative from New York. Born in Hoosick, he attended the common schools, the Schodack Academy and Yale College. He studied law, was admitted to the bar about 1840 and commenced practice in Plattsburgh. He was surrogate of Clinton County, New York.

Palmer was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1857 – March 3, 1861); while in Congress he was chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Post Office Department (Thirty-sixth Congress). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1860, and was a delegate to the Republican National Convention at Baltimore in 1864. He was appointed United States Consul to Crete by President Abraham Lincoln and was United States judge on the International Court for Suppression of Slave Trade on the West Coast of Africa from 1866 to 1870, when he resigned. He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Clinton Co.) in 1885 and 1886. He engaged in iron manufacturing at Clinton, New York. He died in Plattsburgh in 1916; interment was in Riverside Cemetery.

George William Palmer was a nephew of John Palmer, a U.S. Representative from New York, and a cousin of William Elisha Haynes, a U.S. Representative from Ohio.


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
George A. Simmons
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 16th congressional district

Succeeded by
William A. Wheeler
New York Assembly
Preceded by
William E. Smith
New York State Assembly
Clinton County

Succeeded by
George S. Weed

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website