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William Plumer

senator , governor of New Hampshire

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