[Skip to Content]
Access to paid content on this site is currently suspended due to excessive activity being detected from your IP address Please contact the publisher to request reinstatement.
[Skip to Content Landing]
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

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.


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.

First Page Preview View Large
First page PDF preview
First page PDF preview