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Frank PLUMLEY

(1844-1924)

PLUMLEY, Frank, (father of Charles Albert Plumley), a Representative from Vermont; born in Eden, Lamoille County, Vt., December 17, 1844; attended the public schools and People’s Academy; taught school near Morrisville, Vt.; studied law in Morrisville and in the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor; was admitted to the bar in Lamoille County, Vt., in May 1869 and commenced practice in Northfield; State’s attorney of Washington County 1876-1880; elected to the State house of representatives in 1882; chairman of the Republican State convention in 1886; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1888; United States district attorney for the district of Vermont 1889-1894; served in the State senate in 1894; member of the Vermont Court of Claims 1902-1904 and chief justice 1904-1908; appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903 as umpire of the mixed commissions of Great Britain and Venezuela, and Holland and Venezuela, sitting in Caracas, Venezuela; was later selected by France and by Venezuela as umpire in the French-Venezuela mixed commission, which sat in Northfield, Vt., in 1905; trustee of Norwich University, Northfield, Vt.; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-first, Sixty-second, and Sixty-third Congresses (March 4, 1909-March 3, 1915); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1914; resumed the practice of law in Northfield, Washington County, Vt.; was one of the four delegates from the Congress of the United States to the Interparliamentary Union of the World at Geneva, Switzerland, in 1912; died in Northfield, Vt., April 30, 1924; interment in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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