Frank Plumley Edit Profile
Frank Plumley attended the public schools and People's Academy in Morrisville, Vermont. Plumley taught school and studied law in Morrisville. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and was admitted to the bar in Lamoille County in May 1869.
He served as United States district attorney and U.S. Representative from Vermont. He began the practice of law in Northfield. Plumley held many positions in state and federal government.
He served as the state's attorney of Washington County from 1876 to 1880, and United States district attorney for the district of Vermont from 1889 to 1894. He served briefly in the Vermont House of Representatives (1882), and was chairman of the Republican State convention in 1886. In 1888 Plumley was a delegate to the Republican National Convention, and was named a trustee of Norwich University.
He was appointed lecturer of constitutional law at Norwich University in 1884 following his success as a civil lawyer. In 1892 Plumley was awarded an honorary degree of Master of Arts from Norwich University. He served as the United States district attorney for the district of Vermont from 1889 to 1894.
In 1994 he served in the Vermont State Senate and was elected President pro tempore of that body. In 1903 President Theodore Roosevelt appointed him as umpire of the mixed commissions of Great Britain and Venezuela, and the Netherlands and Venezuela, sitting in Caracas, Venezuela. In 1905 he was selected by France and Venezuela as umpire in the French-Venezuela mixed commission, which sat in Northfield, Vermont.
This is the only instance where an American not serving in a high official office was chosen by these countries to arbitrate the differences between them. Plumley was again a trustee of Norwich University in 1905. In 1909 Plumley was elected as a Republican candidate to the United States House of Representatives, and was reelected twice, serving from March 4, 1909 to March 3, 1915.
He represented the 2nd District at a time when Vermont had two Congressional districts. He was one of the four delegates from the U.S. Congress to the Inter-Parliamentary Union of the World in Geneva in 1912. He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1914.
He died on April 30, 1924 and is interred in Mount Hope Cemetery in Northfield.
Plumley was a member of the Vermont Court of Claims from 1902 to 1904 and chief justice from 1904 to 1908.
Married Lavinia I. Fletcher, August 9, 1871.