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Daniel David Palmer

Born: Mar 7, 1845

Death: Oct 20, 1913

Birthplace: Pickering

Profession: Businessperson

Nationality: United States

Daniel David Palmer

Date of Birth : Mar 7, 1845
Date of Death : Oct 20, 1913
Birth Place : Pickering

Daniel David Palmer or D.D. Palmer was the founder of chiropractic. Palmer was born in Pickering, Canada West and raised in the southern Ontario area, where he received his education. In 1865 Palmer moved to the United States, and around 1880 took up magnetic healing in Davenport, Iowa. After returning to Davenport, in 1895 Palmer met Harvey Lillard, a janitor whose hearing was impaired. Palmer claimed the man's hearing was restored after manipulating his spine. Palmer developed the theory that mis-alignment of the bones in the body was the basic underlying cause of all "dis-ease" and the majority of these mis-alignments were in the spinal column. In 1897 he opened the Palmer School of Chiropractic in Davenport and started teaching his techniques. Lawsuits followed, and after brief incarceration, Palmer sold the school to his son, B. J. Palmer. B. J. greatly expanded the school and the general knowledge of chiropractic. Palmer moved west, opening several new schools in Oklahoma, California, and Oregon. His relationship with his son was strained after this point. Palmer died in Los Angeles in 1913 of typhoid fever.


  • Businessperson
  • Teacher
  • Chiropractor
  • Beekeeper

Also known as

  • D. D. Palmer


  • B. J. Palmer
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