Short Bios | John McCauley Palmer


Brigadier General John McCauley Palmer
By Michael A. Peake

Born on September 13, 1817, near Eagle Creek in Scott County, Kentucky, John Palmer moved to Illinois where he studied law and embarked on a lifelong political career interrupted only by the Civil War. He became colonel of the 14th Illinois Infantry in May 1861, and by December was promoted to brigadier general of volunteers. After the war, he returned to political life in Illinois, serving a term as governor in 1868, and Senator from 1891 to 1897 when he retired from public service. He died September 25, 1900, at Springfield, Illinois, and soon after, his body was interred at Carlinville City Cemetery, near his home in Carlinville, Illinois

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Brigadier General John McCauley Palmer
Library of Congress: LC-USZ62-129701