Born: November 12, 1808, Little Compton, Rhode Island.
Died: March 29, 1887, Newark, New Jersey.
Buried: Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, New York.
Palmer attended Phillips Andover Academy (where he and Oliver Wendell Holmes were classmates) and Yale University. After Yale, he taught at a young ladies’ school in New York, then at a girls’ college in New Haven, Connecticut. In 1835, Palmer was ordained as a Congregational minister, and pastored in Bath, Maine, and Albany, New York, serving 15 years at each location. Around 1865, he became Secretary of the Congregational Union. Palmer retired in 1878. His works include:
Memoirs and Select Remains of Charles Pond, 1829
The Spirit’s Life, a Poem, 1837
How to Live, or Memoirs of Mrs. C. L. Watson, 1839
Doctrinal Text Book, 1839
Spiritual Improvement, 1839; republished as Closet Hours, 1851
What Is Truth? or Hints on the Formation of Religious Opinions, 1860
Remember Me, or The Holy Communion (Boston, Massachusetts: The American Tract Society, 1865)
Hymns and Sacred Pieces, with Miscellaneous Poems, 1865
Hymns of My Holy Hours, and Other Pieces, 1868
Home, or the Unlost Paradise, 1873
Complete Poetical Works, 1876
Voices of Hope and Gladness, 1881
Source: The Cyber Hymnal