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William Adams PALMER

(1781-1860)
Senate Years of Service:
1818-1825
Party:
Democratic Republican; Adams-Clay Republican

PALMER, William Adams, a Senator from Vermont; born in Hebron, Conn., September 12, 1781; completed preparatory studies; moved to Chelsea, Vt., in 1802; studied law in Hebron and Chelsea; admitted to the bar and commenced practice in various towns in Vermont; elected probate judge for Caledonia County 1807-1808, 1811-1817; also clerk of the court 1807-1815; member, State house of representatives 1811-1812, 1818; judge of the State supreme court 1816-1818; elected in 1818 as a Democratic Republican (later as Adams-Clay Republican) to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James Fisk, as well as for the full term commencing in 1819, and served from October 20, 1818, to March 3, 1825; was not a candidate for renomination in 1824; engaged in agricultural pursuits; member, State house of representatives 1825-1826, 1829; delegate to the State constitutional conventions in 1828, 1836, and 1850; Anti-Masonic Governor of Vermont 1831-1835; member, State senate 1836-1837; died in Danville, Caledonia County, Vt., December 3, 1860; interment in Green Cemetery.

Bibliography

American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography.

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

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