Douglas Palmer

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Douglas Harold Palmer
Mayor of Trenton, New Jersey
In office
July 1, 1990 – June 30, 2010
Preceded byCarmen Armenti
Succeeded byTony F. Mack
Personal details
Born(1951-10-19)October 19, 1951
Trenton, New Jersey, United States
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Christiana Foglio-Palmer
ChildrenLaila Rose (born 2002)
ResidenceTrenton, New Jersey
Alma materHampton University

Douglas Harold Palmer (born October 19, 1951) was the first African-American mayor of Trenton, New Jersey.


He was born in Trenton and attended Trenton public schools. He then graduated from the Bordentown Military Institute in Bordentown, New Jersey. He is a graduate of Virginia's private black college Hampton University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management in 1973. He took office as mayor of Trenton on July 1, 1990, having defeated former city council president and mayor Carmen Armenti.[1]

Palmer was a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition,[2] a bipartisan group with a stated goal of "making the public safer by getting illegal guns off the streets." The Coalition is co-chaired by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Palmer announced at a press conference December 7, 2009, that he would not seek a sixth term as mayor of Trenton.


  1. ^ "Douglas Palmer". City Mayors. Retrieved 2010-03-22.
  2. ^ "Mayors Against Illegal Guns: Coalition Members". Archived from the original on 2007-03-06.

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