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September 13, 1941

A Conscientious Turncoat: The Story of John M. Palmer 1817-1900

JAMA. 1941;117(11):975. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820370071046

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Abstract

The author of this volume, Dr. George Thomas Palmer, is a physician whose grandfather John M. Palmer is the person described in this book. He was a Democrat who helped to found the Republican party and became a Republican governor of Illinois. Later he switched back to the Democratic party and became a successful lawyer and a Democratic U. S. Senator, and finally he headed the Gold Democratic third party and ran for president on the Gold-Democratic ticket in 1896. It is said of him that, when he was governor of Illinois, vetoing became such a habit with him that when a reporter put the Lord's prayer on his desk, he vetoed that. Dr. Palmer has written an excellent contribution to history. He shows a sense of the dramatic and he reflects one of the most fascinating periods in American history.

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