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