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William Plumer

William Plumer, American senator, governor of New Hampshire. member N.H. Legislature, 1785-1786, 88, 90-91, 97-1800, speaker, 1791, 97; member N.H. Constitutional convs. of 1791, 92; member United States Senate (Federalist) from N.H., June 17, 1802-1807, wrote William Plumer’s Memorandum of Proceedings of the United States Senate 1803-1807 (edited by E.S. Brown, 1923).

Background

  • Plumer, William was born on June 25, 1759 in Newburyport, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Samuel and Mary (Dole) Plumer.

  • Education

    • Read law under Joshua Atherton, 1784-1787.

    Career

    • Elected selectman, Epping (N.H.), 1783. Admitted to N.H. bar, 1787. Member N.H. Legislature, 1785-1786, 88, 90-91, 97-1800, speaker, 1791, 97.

      Member N.H. Constitutional convs. of 1791, 92. Member United States Senate (Federalist) from N.H., June 17, 1802-1807, wrote William Plumer’s Memorandum of Proceedings of the United States Senate 1803-1807 (edited by E.S. Brown, 1923). Became Republican, circa 1808.

      President N.H. Senate, 1810, 11. Governor N.H., 1812-1813, 16-19. Supported War of 1812.

      Recommended alterations in charter of Dartmouth College, started action which led to Dartmouth College case. Founder, 1st president N.H. History Society (his sketches of America biography now in their possession).

    Membership

    Member N.H. Legislature, 1785-1786, 88, 90-91, 97-1800, speaker, 1791, 97. Member N.H. Constitutional convs. of 1791, 92. Member United States Senate (Federalist) from N.H., June 17, 1802-1807, wrote William Plumer’s Memorandum of Proceedings of the United States Senate 1803-1807 (edited by E.S. Brown, 1923).

    Connections

    • Married Sally Fowler, February 12, 1788, 6 children.
    • father: Samuel Plumer
    • mother: Mary (Dole) Plumer
    • spouse: Sally Fowler
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    Died December 22, 1850
    (aged 91)
    Nationality