D.D. Palmer at the World’s Fair

The World’s Fair in Chicago in 1893 was an historic event in American history and was attended by over 2 million people, including famous inventors, politicians, celebrities, and D.D. Palmer.

In 1893 D.D. Palmer was practicing magnetic healing and selling goldfish out of his office in Davenport, Iowa. It was two years before the discovery of chiropractic, but he was already making a name for himself as a healer. D.D. was meticulous in his record-keeping and his day book from that year includes records of all the patients he saw and his days off. On October 27-28 1893 his entry reads, “to Chicago Fair.”

A recent research request drew our attention to this entry and we are very excited about this brief glimpse into the life of The Founder before chiropractic. D.D. attended during the final days of the fair. October 28th is remembered as the day the mayor of Chicago, Carter Harrison, Sr. was assassinated.

The fair hosted over 65,000 exhibits including scientific discoveries, art exhibitions, incredible architecture, and a variety of performances. It is also infamously the stalking ground of H.H. Holmes, America’s first serial killer. As a man fascinated by humanity and scientific discovery it is not surprising that D.D. Palmer was drawn to the event.

Rand Mcnally And Company. Bird’s eye view of the World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago. [S.l, 1893] Map. https://www.loc.gov/item/98687181/.

For more information about D.D. Palmer email us at library.archives@palmer.edu!

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