Grand Army of the Republic
John Palmer
Commander-in-Chief
1891 / 1892



John Palmer of Albany Company H, 91st New York Infantry, Brevet Captain
Elected New York Department Commander at Rochester, January 21, 1875
Elected Commander-in-Chief at Detroit, August 6, 1891
Died at Albany, New York April 15, 1905

Albany, April 15.- Captain John Palmer died in this city today after a long illness, death resulting from a wound in the spine which he received in the Civil War. He was Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic in 1892. He was elected Secretary of State of New York on the Republican ticket in 1893 and held that office for four years.

Captain Palmer was born in Staten Island on March 22, 1842, his father being a man of very moderate means. Prior to 1860 the family moved to Albany, where the opened a small paint shop, in which the son worked. When the Civil War broke out the Palmers were among the first to enlist. The father was killed on the battlefield before Petersburg, Virginia and the son taken off for dead.

At the battle of Five Forks, the horse ridden by Adjutant of Major Garrison's commander was shot from under him and fell on Captain Palmer's back and nearly severing the spine but a delicate operation and careful nursing brought him around again.

After returning from he war he started in the painting business for himself. Palmer was one of the founders of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Home at Bath, Steuben County and through his efforts $50,000 was raised.

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Source: New York Times, April 16, 1891. Page 9.

Submitted by:
Lorraine Orton, Past Department President
Woman's Relief Corps, Aux. to GAR
Camillus, New York
August 2000


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