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Mary Dixon Palmer: 1920

Mary Dixon Palmer: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Mary Dixon Palmer." Daughter of the attorney general. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Daddy's Little Girl

The LOC caption info:
"Attorney General A.Mitchell Palmer and his little daughter Mary Dixon Palmer. Mary is always on the lookout for "Daddy" when he returns from a busy day at the Dept. of Justice.
Date from caption list. March 13 1920."

Damned trippy wickets....

"The bombing occurred in front of the home of U.S. Attorney General Alexander Mitchell Palmer, who had been the intended recipient of the package bomb, which in all likelihood would have been successful if the bomber had not tripped on a series of iron wickets lining the front entrance of the home, blowing himself and his identity into thousands of pieces."


This pic was taken just a year after an Italian assassin blew himself up in front of Mary's house, trying to kill Daddy:

Miss Palmer Weds

Mary Palmer was frequently mentioned in the Society Pages in the early 1920s but the details of who had tea with who and where people were vacationing are too trivial for even me to wade through. Far more interesting to me is her well-heeled education - hopefully the benefits of which were not wasted after her marriage.

Washington Post, Sep 16, 1934

Mary Palmer Becomes Bride at Stroudsburg

The marriage of Miss Mary Dixon Palmer and Mr. David Lichtenberg, of Mount Vernon, N.Y., took place yesterday at 12 o'clock noon at the residence of the bride's father, Mr. A. Mitchell Palmer, 712 Thomas street, Stroudsberg, Pa. … Miss Palmer, who had no attendants, wore her mother's wedding dress of ivory-colored ribbed silk, trimmed with the real lace always worn by the brides in her mother's family. ...

The bride is the only daughter of former Attorney General Mr. A. Mitchell Palmer, of Stroudsberg and Washington. She is a graduate of the National Cathedral School in Washington and of Swarthmore College. She has also taken post-graduate courses at Columbia University and at Oxford, England. she is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta at Swarthmore, and was prominent in all college activities. …

Skate park!

That is a whole lot of gear for a skateboard. Guess they had trouble making tiny wheels.

Soon bound for Europe

From the Gettysburg Times:

GROTON, CONN., Aug.30 [1923] -- A. Mitchell Palmer, of Philadelphia, former Attorney-General in President Wilson's Cabinet, and Mrs. Margaret Fallen Burrall, widow of John B. Burrall, a New York manufacturer, were married yesterday . . . .

A short trip to the New England States, accompanied by Mr. Palmer's daughter, Mary Dixon Palmer, was planned, with an extended automobile tour of Europe, leaving New York on the Olympic September 8.

Mr. Palmer's first wife died two years ago.

My daddy

is against tort reform!

Cute Kid

I'll bet she grew up to be a attractive woman.

Don't underestimate her

The 1921 annual report of the Smithsonian Institution reports that Mary Dixon Palmer had donated an alligator to the National Zoo. It does not disclose how she acquired the alligator in the first place.

Move, MOVE!

Mary Dixon Palmer, daughter of the attorney general, stands waiting for someone to invent the Segway.

Look Ma, No Helmet!

Life was sublimely carefree before the advent of crash-test dummies.

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