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William Plumer, Jr.

New Hampshire

"A New Hampshire lawyer who was an active congressional opponent of slavery." [Oscar Fay Adams, A Dictionary of American Authors 298 (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1899)]

"[A] native of Epping, N.H.; graduated at Harvard College, 1809; U.S. Representative, 1825 . . . ." [S. Austin Allibone, A Critical Dictionary of English Literature and British and American Authors 1611 (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincot & Co., 1874)(vol.2)]

"William Plumber, the oldest child of William and Sally Plumber, was born in Epping, February 9, 1789. At the age of thirteen he entered Phillips Exeter Academy, to prepare for College, and in 1805 entered at harvard, graduating in 1809. He studied law but never practised in the profession to any great extent. In 1818 he represented his native town in the Legislature and in the following spring was elected a representative to Congress, which office he retained till 1825. His father was United States Senator from this State in 1802, and Governor of the State in 1812, and again in 1816 to 1819. A life of Gov. Plumer was written by his son. It was published in 1856. He wrote poetry at an early age. In after life he wrote and published for private distrubution four volumes: 'Youth,' 'Manhood,' 'War Songs, and Ballsds [sp] from the Old Testament,' and 'Ruth, a pastoral.' The two first mentioned volumes are composed chiefly of Sonnets, and are admirable specimens of euphonious versification, chaste imagery and affluent thought. Mr. Plumber died September 18, 1854." [Bela Chapin (ed.), The Poets of New Hampshire 36 (Claremont, New Hampshire: Charles H. Adams, Publisher, 1883)][online text]

William Plumer, Jr.
Biographical Directory of the United States Congress


William Plumer, Jr., Youth, or Scenes from the Past; and Other Poems (Boston: C. C. Little and J. Brown, 1841) [online text]

_______________, Manhood; or, Scenes From the Past; a series of poems (Boston: Tappan and Dennet, 1843) [online text]

______________, Lyrica Sacra; or, War-songs and Ballads from the Old Testament (Boston: W. Grosby and H.P. Nichols, 1846)

______________, Ruth; A Pastoral Poem of Bethlehem Ephratah (Boston: Ticknor, Reed and Fields, 1852)


Evert Somerville Brown (ed.), The Missouri Compromises and Presidential Politics, 1820-1825, from the Letters of William Plumer, Jr. (St. Louis: Missouri Historical Society, 1926)


William Plumer, Jr., Life of William Plumer (Boston: Phillips, Sampson, 1856)(Boston: Phillips, Sampson and Co., 1857) [online text] (edited with a sketch of the author's life by A. P. Peabody)(biography of Plumer's father, William Plumer (1759-1850), who served in the U.S. Senate and was Governor of New Hampshire)