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William Plumer Papers, 1778–1854

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William Plumer, engraving courtesy Library of Congress


(Microfilm Edition)

New Hampshire Historical Society

Additional information:

William Plumer (1759-1850) was Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives and President of the State Senate, a U.S. Senator, the Governor of New Hampshire, and the first President of the New Hampshire Historical Society. His son, William Plumer, Jr. (1789-1854) carried on this tradition of service as a New Hampshire Legislator and a U.S. Congressman. He also contributed richly to America's literary life as a poet. Included in this collection is correspondence with leading political and literary figures that provides insights into America’s political, social, literary, and legal development. Of special interest are the essays and speeches written by Plumer under the pseudonym "Cincinnatus," as well as copies or drafts of speeches by William Plumer, Jr. dealing with such subjects as slavery.

24 reels, 87-page guide

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