Joseph Palmer, 1791 - 1875

Joseph Palmer is best known for his membership in Amos Bronson Alcott's Fruitlands community, which he joined in August 1843 and remained with until its demise.  He was a farmer and a butcher and preferred to wear a beard in a society that was not only intolerant but openly hostile to facial hair.  He had even spent time in prison for defending his right to wear a beard.  After Fruitlands failed, Palmer bought the property and formed another utopian community there with Charles Lane, receiving visits from time to time by Ralph Waldo Emerson.