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Francis Wayland Palmer

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1869 – March 3, 1873
Preceded by Grenville M. Dodge
Succeeded by James Wilson

Born October 11, 1827(1827-10-11)
North Manchester, Indiana, USA
Died December 3, 1907 (aged 80)
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Political party Republican
Profession Politician, Publisher, Printer, Editor, Proprietor

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 in 1853 and 1854. 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 State 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.

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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


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