John Palmer (1785–1840)

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John Palmer (January 29, 1785 – December 8, 1840) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from New York. He was born in Hoosick, Rensselaer County, New York. After completing preparatory studies, he graduated from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, studied law, and was admitted to the bar. He then commenced practice in Plattsburgh, New York in 1810. Palmer also served as paymaster in the Eighth Regiment of the New York Militia during the War of 1812.

Palmer was elected to Congress as a Democratic-Republican to the fifteenth Congress (March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1819). After leaving Congress, he was a district attorney until 1832. For part of the year 1832, he was a member of the New York State Assembly, after which he served as judge of Clinton County until 1837, when he resigned. He was elected as a Democrat to the twenty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1837 – March 3, 1839), after which he did not run for reelection.

Palmer died in St. Bartholomew in the French West Indies at the age of 55. He was buried at Saint Bartholomews Cemetery in Gustavia, Saint Barthélemy. There is a cenotaph to his memory at Riverside Cemetery in Plattsburgh.

John Palmer was the uncle of George William Palmer, also a U.S. Representative from New York.


  • United States Congress. "John Palmer (id: P000041)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • John Palmer at Find a Grave
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Asa Adgate,
John Savage
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 12th congressional district

with John Savage
Succeeded by
Ezra C. Gross,
Nathaniel Pitcher
Preceded by
Dudley Farlin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 13th congressional district

Succeeded by
Augustus C. Hand