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Clarence Steuben Palmer

Clarence S. Palmer, Kansas City Attorney

Clarence Steuben Palmer, the well-known lawyer, was born in Stedman, Chautauqua county, New York, January 17, 1857.  He went to the district schools, and then attended the high schools in Mayville and Westfield, two New York towns in which he subsequently lived.

     He was graduated from Hamilton college in 1879 with high honors, after which he read law under Hon. W. L. Sessions, of Panama, New York.  He was admitted to the bar in 1881, and immediately formed a partnership with his distinguished teacher, which continued until 1885, when Mr. Palmer came to Kansas City, winning recognition from the start.

     Mr. Palmer was appointed assistant city counselor in 1894 by Frank Rozzelle, and continued in office by Judge H. C. McDougal, Rozelle's Republican successor.  During his two terms he played an important part in the park and boulevard litigation, helping to win for the city in both circuit and supreme courts.

     Mr. Palmer is a prominent member of the local Bar Association, a Mason, a member of the local chapter of the Sons of the Revolution, and belongs to the Theta Delta and Phi Beta Kappa fraternities.

     He married Miss Julia St. John, of Salem, Indiana, in 1886.  Their living children are Clarence and Edward.
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