Samuel B. Palmer (1828 – 1913) was born in Darien, Georgia, and came to Savannah as a young man. Here he opened a hardware business with his dad. The business was first known as Palmer and Sons, later renamed Palmer Bros, and finally incorporated as Palmer Hardware Co. Mr. Palmer had a somewhat tragic life. His first wife died shortly after childbirth and their daughter, Mary, died at 19 after her dress caught fire from an ember as she stood too close to the fireplace. Mr. Palmer had served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War with the Chatham Artillery. Upon his discharge, he married his commander’s sister, and was soon blessed with a son, John Wheaton Palmer. Unfortunately, seven years later the young child would die from unknown causes. Mr. Palmer sold his business in 1907 but remained involved in the community. He died on December 20, 1913, and is buried in Bonaventure Cemetery.