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date: 18 August 2019

Palmer, John McAuleylocked

(13 September 1817–25 September 1900)
  • Cullom Davis


Palmer, John McAuley (13 September 1817–25 September 1900), governor of Illinois and U.S. senator, was born in Scott County, Kentucky, the son of Louis D. Palmer and Ann Hansford Tutt, farmers. His Palmer forebears had been farmers and artisans, while the Tutts were generally more prosperous. His father was a Jacksonian Democrat whose opposition to slavery prompted the family’s move, when John was fourteen, to farmland between Edwardsville and Upper Alton, Illinois. In 1834 young Palmer left home to attend Alton Seminary (later Shurtleff College) in Upper Alton for two years. Traveling through west-central Illinois as a clock peddler from 1836 to 1838, he met future political allies ...

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