David James Palmer

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State Senator
Republican
Farmer
Washington
27
01/10/1898 - 01/07/1900
10

Senator Palmer has served in the Iowa senate since 1891, the year Judge Woolson resigned that office to accept the one of judge of the federal courts. Senator Palmer represents Washington and Henry counties, and his home is in the town of Washington. He was elected by the republicans of that district to fill out Judge Woolson's unexpired term, and in 1893 was elected to succeed himself. He was re-elected last fall to the same office, an evidence of his popularity, and the confidence his constituents place in him. Senator Palmer was born in Pennsylvania, November 15, 1839, and received his education at the public schools of his native town and at Washington college. He has lived in Iowa over forty years, and is an honored citizen with friends throughout the entire state. He is engaged in farming in Washington. Mrs. Palmer is one of the popular ladies of the legislature, and the Kirkwood is the Des Moines home of the genial senator and his wife. He has an excellent soldier record, having served in the war in the Eighth and Twenty-fifth Iowa Infantry. He was dangerously wounded at the battle of Shiloh. He is a member of the G. A. R. and of the United Presbyterian church. Ordinarily he is a quiet legislator, doing most of his work in committee, but when he speaks he is a convincing talker, and usually secures what he is after in the way of legislation. There is no more popular man in the Iowa senate than David Palmer. Last term he served on the committees on agriculture (of which he was chairman), ways and means, railways, suppression of intemperance, highways, public health, educational institutions, and military.

Information from State Historical Society of Iowa resources
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State Senator
Republican
Farmer
Washington
26
01/13/1896 - 01/09/1898
10

In 1891 when Judge Woolson resigned his seat in the Senate to take his present position on the United States bench a successor had to be chosen and Senator D. J. Palmer was selected as the man by the Republicans. Washington and Henry counties have long been in the same Senatorial district, and Mr. Woolson was for many years the Senator. The Washington county Republicans insisted on having the Senator after him, and they succeeded in enforcing their demand. Mr. Palmer was elected to fill out the unexpired term and in 1893 was chosen to succeed himself. At home he is a plain farmer and a good citizen, born in Pennsylvania November 15, 1839. He attended the common schools and Washington (Pennsylvania) college. In the war of the Rebellion he served in the 8th and 25th Iowa infantry, holding the rank of lieutenant colonel in the latter regiment when the war closed. At Shiloh he was dangerously wounded. For thirty-seven years he has been a resident of Iowa, all of the time living in Washington county. The married men count him among their number. In his county he has held the office of auditor. Among Grand Army's People he is well known as an active member, and he attends the Presbyterian Church.

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State Senator
Republican
Farmer
Washington
25
01/08/1894 - 01/12/1896
10

In 1891 when Judge Woolson resigned his seat in the Senate to take his present position on the United States bench a successor had to be chosen and Senator D. J. Palmer was selected as the man by the Republicans. Washington and Henry counties have long been in the same Senatorial district, and Mr. Woolson was for many years the Senator. The Washington county Republicans insisted on having the Senator after him, and they succeeded in enforcing their demand. Mr. Palmer was elected to fill out the unexpired term and in 1893 was chosen to succeed himself. At home he is a plain farmer and a good citizen, born in Pennsylvania November 15, 1839. He attended the common schools and Washington (Pennsylvania) college. In the war of the Rebellion he served in the 8th and 25th Iowa infantry, holding the rank of lieutenant colonel in the latter regiment when the war closed. At Shiloh he was dangerously wounded. For thirty-seven years he has been a resident of Iowa, all of the time living in Washington county. The married men count him among their number. In his county he has held the office of auditor. Among Grand Army's People he is well known as an active member, and he attends the Presbyterian church.

Information from State Historical Society of Iowa resources
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State Senator
Republican
Farmer
Washington
24
01/11/1892 - 01/07/1894
10

In 1891 when Judge Woolson resigned his seat in the Senate to take his present position on the United States bench a successor had to be chosen and Senator D. J. Palmer was selected as the man by the Republicans. Washington and Henry counties have long been in the same Senatorial district, and Mr. Woolson was for many years the Senator. The Washington county Republicans insisted on having the Senator after him, and they succeeded in enforcing their demand. Mr. Palmer was elected to fill out the unexpired term and in 1893 was chosen to succeed himself. At home he is a plain farmer and a good citizen, born in Pennsylvania November 15, 1839. He attended the common schools and Washington (Pennsylvania) college. In the war of the Rebellion he served in the 8th and 25th Iowa infantry, holding the rank of lieutenant colonel in the latter regiment when the war closed. At Shiloh he was dangerously wounded. For thirty-seven years he has been a resident of Iowa, all of the time living in Washington county. The married men count him among their number. In his county he has held the office of auditor. Among Grand Army's People he is well known as an active member, and he attends the Presbyterian church.

Information from State Historical Society of Iowa resources