Palmer, A. Mitchell
- Stanley Coben
Palmer, A. Mitchell (04 May 1872–11 May 1936), attorney general and congressman, was born Alexander Mitchell Palmer in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, the son of Samuel Bernard Palmer, a lumberyard owner and bridge builder, and Caroline Albert. A Quaker, Palmer attended Swarthmore College, graduating in 1891, first in his class and class president. In college he evidenced the prejudice against immigrants then common among white native-born Protestants. Certain judicial reforms, he declared, would “insure justice … to the lowest foreigner who comes to our free land as well as to the highborn American through whose veins course the blood of the Pilgrim fathers.”...