James Dampier Palmer
James Dampier Palmer
|Member of Parliament
8 July 1892 – 2 July 1898
|Preceded by||John Bazley White|
|Succeeded by||John Ryder|
|Born||6 September 1851|
|Died||18 October 1899
|Spouse(s)||Isabella Elizabeth Curteis Whelan|
|Alma mater||Felsted School|
|Profession||Chairman, Messrs. Palmer & Co.|
Palmer worked in the banking firm and family business of Messrs. Palmer & Co., in Stratford and became its Chairman. He was also a Director of Hatch, Mansfield & Co., Ltd. of London, S.W. Palmer was a Justice of the peace for Kent and West Ham. During his political career, he served as a Member of Parliament for Gravesend in 8 July 1892 – 2 July 1898, leaving his seat in Parliament before the end of his second term as he had accepted the Stewardship of the three Chiltern Hundreds. As a result, a by-election was held 13 July 1898. He also served in the Volunteer Forces of the British Army. He was first commissioned as a supernumerary sub-lieutenant in the 5th Essex Rifle Volunteer Corps on 2 August 1876, and resigned that commission on 5 September 1877. He was later appointed Honorary Colonel of the 3rd Volunteer (Kent) Brigade, Cinque Ports Division, Royal Artillery.
He married Isabella Elizabeth Curteis Whelan (b. 20 November 1852) in 1874. Elizabeth's maternal grandfather was James Planché, a British dramatist, antiquary and officer of arms. Palmer and his wife had at least two children. Their only son was Vivian Trestrail Dampier Palmer, O.B.E. (b. 1876). A daughter was named Maud Isabel Dampier.
Palmer had multiple residences including 7 Park Place, St. James, S.W.; 31 Bruswick Terrace, Brighton; and Heronden Hall, Tenterden, Kent. He belonged to several clubs such as the Carlton Club, Junior Carlton Club, Bath Club, and Coaching Club.
He died at age 48 at Brighton on 16 October 1899. A brass plate commemorating Palmer's donations to the parish, including chancel screen, choir seats, choir screens, the lectern, and the pulpit, is located at the Parish Church of St. Mildred in Tenterden.
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|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
John Bazley White
|Member of Parliament for Gravesend