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George William PALMER

(1818-1916)

PALMER, George William, (nephew of John Palmer and cousin of William Elisha Haynes), a Representative from New York; born in Hoosick, Rensselaer County, N.Y., January 13, 1818; attended the common schools, the Schodack Academy, Schodack, N.Y., and Yale College; studied law; was admitted to the bar about 1840 and commenced practice in Plattsburgh, N.Y., surrogate of Clinton County, N.Y.; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1857-March 3, 1861); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Post Office Department (Thirty-sixth Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1860; delegate to the Republican National Convention at Baltimore in 1864; appointed United States consul to Crete by President Lincoln; 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; member of the State assembly in 1884 and 1885; engaged in iron manufacturing at Clinton, N.Y.; died in Plattsburgh, N.Y.; March 12, 1916; interment in Riverside Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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