Edward Albert Palmer

Full Name: Edward Albert Palmer
Date of birth: July 1, 1825
Date of death: January 15, 1862

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 18 Nov 5, 1855 - Nov 2, 1857 6th (1)     Houston / Harris   Harris
H 36 Nov 11, 1853 - Nov 5, 1855 5th (2)     Houston / Harris   Harris
H 33 Jan 10, 1853 - Nov 7, 1853 4th (3)     Houston / Harris   Harris

(1) 6th Legislature, Regular Session - Roll of Senators elected since the last adjournment presented their credentials, and being qualified, took their seats, 11/5/1855, p. 2. Senate Journal.
(2) Not present at organization of the House on 11/7/1853. Palmer sworn on 11/11/1853, p. 42. House Journal.
(3) Edward A. Palmer, sworn 1/10/1853, succeeded Thomas Harrison, resigned 8/31/1852. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • 5th Legislature - Roll of Members, Edward A. Palmer, age 28, native state Virginia, emigrated from Virginia in 1847, lawyer, postoffice Houston, Harris County. House Journal.

Biographical Sketches

  • Biographical sketch and portrait, 1898, p. 160. Born 7/2/1825 in Buckingham County, Virginia, died 1/15/1862 in Houston while serving as district judge there. "He was in the Texas legislature (1852-54); was in the state senate (1855), and declined re-election." The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography.
  • Biographical sketch, Hon. Edward A. Palmer, 5th col., "a correspondent from the Civilian recommends this gentleman as a suitable candidate for the Gubernatorial chair," State Gazette (Austin, Texas), 2/21/1857, p. 1, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • Obituary, "Death of Judge E.A. Palmer," and "The funeral of Judge Palmer," The Weekly Telegraph (Houston, Texas), 1/22/1862, p. 1, col. 2-3, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. "In 1852 he was chosen by his fellow-citizens to represent them in the Legislature, at the extra session of 1853. He there made himself useful and conspicuous as a business member. In that year also he was again elected a representative, after an exciting canvass on the internal improvement questions, and served during the session of 1853 and '54 . . . in 1855, elected him to the State Senate." Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).

Other Resources

  • Edward Albert Palmer, birth date 7/1/1825 in Virginia, death date 1/15/1862 in Houston, Texas, burial in Glenwood Cemetery, Houston, Harris County, with wife Martha Winifred Branch. Includes portraits and death notice in the Texas State Gazette, 1/25/1862. Find a Grave.
  • "The District Judgeship," letter from Houston Bar to Edward A. Palmer requesting he be a candidate for District Judge for 7th Judicial District, vacated by P.W. Gray, 5/18/1860; Edward A. Palmer's reply, 5/19/1860. Galveston Weekly News, 5/29/1860, p. 1, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • Letter from E.A. Palmer, 2/4/1857, 7th col., regarding Civilian's mention of him as gubernatorial candidate on 2/3/1857, and upcoming Democratic State Convention, State Gazette (Austin, Texas), 2/21/1857, p. 2, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • Mentioned as early Houston lawyer, p. 80. Young, Samuel Oliver. A Thumb-Nail History of the City of Houston, Texas, From Its Founding in 1836 to the Year 1912, 1912. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).

Committee Information top

6th R.S. - 1855
Constitutional Amendments, Select  
Internal Improvements  
Judicial Districts, Select  
Land Titles West of Nueces River, Select  
Public Lands  
5th R.S. - 1853
Judicial Districts  
Public Debt  
4th R.S. - 1851
Comptroller and Treasurer, Examine  
Internal Improvements  
Privileges and Elections  

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