Alexander Mitchell Palmer

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Palmer, Alexander Mitchell

(pä`mər), 1872–1936, American politician, b. Moosehead, Pa. Admitted (1893) to the bar, he built up a large law practice, became a leader in the state Democratic party, and served (1909–15) in Congress. In 1912, Palmer helped swing the Democratic convention to nominate Woodrow Wilson for President. He was appointed (1913) judge of the U.S. Court of Claims and then (1917) alien-property custodian. As U.S. Attorney General (1919–21), he initiated the notorious "Palmer Raids," in which some 3,000 allegedly subversive aliens were rounded up for deportation. Ultimately only a few hundred were deported; the vast majority were released.

Bibliography

See R. K. Murray, Red Scare: A Study in National Hysteria, 1919–1920 (1955); S. Coben, A. Mitchell Palmer: Politician (1963, repr. 1972).

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The family of Peter Wrighton, 83, hacked to death by former commando Alexander Palmer while walking his dog, have criticised mental health services after hearing Palmer had told professionals he wanted to "cut open" a dog walker.
Peter Wrighton was killed on August 5 last year by 24-year-old Alexander Palmer, who had told doctors he had a grudge against dogwalkers because he felt they treated him as nothing.
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Alexander Palmer was charged in the early hours yesterday and appeared at Norwich Magistrates' Court by video-link from the Norfolk Police Investigation Centre in Wymondham.
Alexander Palmer, 24, who told mental health staff he wanted to be a serial killer, stabbed Peter Wrighton, 83, as he exercised his pets.
FORMER commando Alexander Palmer said he wanted to be a serial killer - before knifing pensioner Peter Wrighton to death in a horrific attack.
Alexander Palmer, 24, is accused of killing retired BT engineer Peter Wrighton, 83, as he walked his two pets in remote woodland last year.
Peter Bibby said Alexander Palmer ignored him as he walked straight past like "he was on a mission".