Pennsylvania Congressman A. Mitchell Palmer, 1913.
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A black and white photograph of Palmer, standing.

Credit: Library of Congress

After practicing law in Stroudsburg during the 1890s, A. Mitchell Palmer emerged as a progressive Democratic leader in northeastern Pennsylvania. Palmer served in Congress from 1909 until 1915, when he lost an unsuccessful race for the U.S. Senate. In 1917 Palmer turned down President Woodrow Wilson's offer to become Secretary of War. Two years later he accepted Wilson's offer to become Attorney General, an appointment he held until March 1921.

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