"Palmer" was named for his maternal pioneering Texas family: Judge & Mrs. Edward A. Palmer. While most of his childhood was spent in Houston, in order to escape the tropical diseases of the summer, he and the Hutcheson family traveled to their home on Signal Mountain, Tenn. where he hunted, chased foxes and bowled with his family & friends .
Once graduated from the Hill School, Princeton and the University. of Texas Law School, he enlisted and served as an officer in the U.S. Army Artillery Corp. during WWI. His career encompased working in the field of law with his father's law firm, then Baker-Botts, and finally joined with his sons and relations in Hutcheson, Taliaferro & Hutcheson.
Palmer's outstanding sevice to the community included the presidency of the Houston Bar Assn, Regent of the University of Houston, Chairman of the Community Chest, President of St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital and Director of the Houston Chamber of Commerce. He was a person strongly out-spoken for liberty: and he once said that his philosophy was "preservation of rights and justice for all"