Born, April 6, 1769, Windham, Connecticut, Nathan Palmer was the son of Elihu and Lois (Foster) Palmer. Family lore cites Palmer as a lineal descendant of Myles Standish. He moved to Wilkes-Barre about 1790; studied law and was admitted to the Luzerne County bar in 1794. On January 8, 1800, he was appointed by Governor McKean prothonotary and clerk of the Courts of Quarter Sessions, and Oyer and Terminer of the Orphans' Court for three years. From 1808 to 1810 he represented Luzerne and Northumberland counties in the Senate of Pennsylvania; and in 1813 he was Treasurer of Luzerne County. In 1814 he was appointed one of the trustees of the Wilkes-Barre Academy, and served until he moved his family to Mt. Holly, Burlington County, New Jersey, where he began publication of the New Jersey Mirror, remaining with the newspaper until his death on July 28, 1842, Mt. Holly, Connecticut. His wife, Jerusha Bradford (Barstow) Palmer of Canterbury, Connecticut, succeeded her husband as publisher of the paper until her death at 90 years old, April 26, 1856. Grandfather of state Senator Robert M. Palmer.