Francis Wayland Palmer
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5th and 7th Public Printer of the United States
In office
PresidentWilliam McKinley
Theodore Roosevelt
Preceded byThomas E. Benedict
Succeeded byCharles A. Stillings
In office
PresidentBenjamin Harrison
Grover Cleveland
Preceded byThomas E. Benedict
Succeeded byThomas E. Benedict
Postmaster of Chicago
In office
Appointed byRutherford B. Hayes
Preceded byJohn McArthur
Succeeded byS. Corning Judd
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1869 – March 3, 1873
Preceded byGrenville M. Dodge
Succeeded byJames Wilson
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the Chautauqua County, 2nd district
In office
January 1, 1854 – December 31, 1855
Preceded byJeremiah Ellsworth
Succeeded bySmith Berry
Personal details
Born(1827-10-11)October 11, 1827
North Manchester, Indiana, U.S.
DiedDecember 3, 1907(1907-12-03) (aged 80)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyRepublican

Francis Wayland Palmer (October 11, 1827 – December 3, 1907) was an American politician, publisher, printer, editor and proprietor from New York, Iowa and Illinois.

Early life and education

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.


Palmer became the owner of the newspaper in 1848 and was a member of the New York State Assembly (Chautauqua Co, 2nd D.) in 1854 and 1855. 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 States 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.

Personal life

Palmer died in Chicago, Illinois on December 3, 1907, and was interred in Graceland Cemetery in Chicago.

Palmer's grave
Palmer's grave
New York State Assembly Preceded byJeremiah Ellsworth New York State Assembly Chautauqua County, 2nd District 1854–1855 Succeeded bySmith Berry U.S. House of Representatives Preceded byGrenville M. Dodge Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Iowa's 5th congressional district March 4, 1869 – March 3, 1873 Succeeded byJames Wilson