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THOMAS W. PALMER - AUTOGRAPH 1885 - HFSID 34950

The U.S. Senator from the state of Michigan and humanitarian who fought for equal rights for everyone pens his autograph on this 7½x2½ piece of paper, signed in iron gall ink

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THOMAS WITHERELL PALMER

The U.S. Senator from the state of Michigan and humanitarian who fought for equal rights for everyone pens his autograph on this 7½x2½ piece of paper, signed in iron gall ink

Signature: “T.W. Palmer/Michigan/1885” in iron gall ink. Thomas Witherell Palmer (1830-1913) was a U.S. Senator from the state of Michigan who is one of the most important figures in the history of Michigan and of the entire country. He attended public schools and studied one year at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor; later, Palmer traveled to Spain and South America and in 1853 joined the real estate business in Detroit and also engaged in lumbering and agricultural pursuits with his future father-in-law Charles Merrill, beginning in 1855. Thomas Palmer served on the first board of directors and as the first president for the Michigan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (now called the Michigan Humane Society), which proved the good feelings of Palmer. He served on the Board of Estimates of Detroit in 1873 and was a member of the Michigan State Senate 1879-1880, and was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1883 to March 4, 1889, but was not a candidate for reelection. He was chairman of the Committee on Fisheries in the Forty-ninth Congress, and the Committee of Agriculture and Forestry in the Fiftieth Congress. While in the Senate, he became known as an advocate for the women's suffrage movement, immigration restrictions and homesteader rights. He is also well known for his famous phrase that was later adopted by latter-day reformers, “Equal rights for all, special privileges to none”. He was a Unitarian and member of the Freemasons, and is interred in Elmwood Cemetery. Lightly toned. Margins slightly frayed. Otherwise, fine condition.




 

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