No single feature in modern times more clearly marks the progress of man toward a realization of universal brotherhood
than the erection of hospitals and homes for the relief and support of the unfortunate. Cities, counties and states
have vied with each other in building model institutions, over which many of the most competent men and women have
been placed in charge. Among this number should be named Dr. Harold Lucien Palmer, superintendent of the
State Hospital at Utica. He is a native of Rhode Island, and was born April 5, 1865.
Dr. Palmer received his preliminary education in the public schools of Providence, Rhode Island, and later matriculated
in the medical department of the University of Vermont and transferred his allegiance to the College of Physicians
and Surgeons, the medical department of Columbia University, from which he was graduated with the degree of M.
D. in 1890, being then twentyfive years of age. He served on the staff of Mount Sinai Hospital, of New York city,
for one and one half years and in the course of this time gained a practical experience that has proved of great
value to him in years that have since elapsed.
In 1892 he was appointed fourth assistant physician to the Utica State Hospital and displayed such ability that
he was promoted through various grades, being made superintendent of the hospital in 1899. When he was first appointed
to the position the capacity of the hospital was about eight hundred patients. Its capacity is now over fifteen
hundred. He has been remarkably efficient and is known as one of the most competent and trustworthy officials in
the special line of activity to which he has devoted his attention that can be found in the entire country. Many
improvements have been instituted under his management, so that today the hospital at Utica is scarcely secondary
to any other in the United States and is proving an object lesson of inestimable value to visitors from other states.
Since Dr. Palmer took charge the following new buildings have been erected, all of which are strictly modern in
construction and are provided with the best known accommodations: houses for the superintendent and staff; the
nurses' home; the acute hospital building; the contagious cotage; and the laundry building.
He is a valued member of the New York State and Oneida County Medical Societies and also of the American Medico
Psychological Association. Fraternally he is identified with the Masonic order. His life record is a striking exemplification
of the effect of energy and perseverance applied to a noble object that of ameliorating the ills of mankind and
the wide reputation he has gained is a prophecy of even larger successes in years to come.
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Oneida County, NY
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