Wayne County Biographies

Part of the Indiana Biographies Project

Edwin De Forrest Palmer

Edwin De Forrest Palmer, Postmaster, Richmond, Ind., son of Clarendon R. and Nancy A. Palmer, was born Jan. 3, 1833, in Utica, N. Y. When he was a child, his parents removed to Galesburg, Ill., where he was reared and educated, completing his education in Knox College. In 1853 he began working on the railroad at Peoria. 111., and for nineteen years was an engineer on different roads. In 1872 he began the manufacture of malleable iron in Richmond, but suspended business in 1875. He served five years as Councilman of Richmond, and in 1875 was elected on the Republican ticket Street Commissioner, and re-elected six consecutive years. Mr. Palmer is a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and in 1873 was chosen Grand Commander of Knights Templar for the State of Indiana, and is now Past Grand, making him a member of the Grand Encampment of the United States. May 15, 1882, he was appointed Postmaster at Richmond. He was married at Kickapoo, Peoria Co., Ill., April 16, 1854, to Ellen J., daughter of Captain Lewis Coolridge. They have three children — Frank D., Harry E. and Jesse S.

History of Wayne County, Indiana. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co. 1884. Volume 2