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Plumer, Daniel Longfellow

 
 
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Name:
Plumer, Daniel Longfellow

Author:
Bill Hart

Background:

Daniel Plumer was born in Epping, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, on July 3, 1837, the son of Abraham and Sarah Longfellow (Cilley) Plumer.  He was educated at Epping, Nottingham and the Academy at New London, NH.  When his school days were over, Daniel prepared for the future by learning civil engineering.   



Accomplishments:

He came to Wisconsin, settled in Wausau in 1857, and started working at lumbering and became interesting in timber lands and the manufacturing of lumber until 1890.  He started his career as a surveyor and the reliability of his work recommended him to town and county authorities for making needful surveys.  His work took him into the northern regions of the state and he soon became familiar with the resources of central and northern Wisconsin.

In early 1867 he started a private bank, doing a brokerage business with the Bank of Marshall & Ilsley of Milwaukee and after a couple of years, he, George & Willis C. Silverthorn opened a regular bank, doing business under the name of Silverthorn & Plumer.  This bank was later incorporated as the First National Bank of Wausau in 1882.  Mr. Plumer was president of this bank since its organization and he had other interests, serving as president of the Northern Chief Iron Company, a corporation that owned extensive iron ore mines on the Gogebic range in northern Wisconsin.  In politics, Mr. Plumer was a Democrat and on many occasions he was honored by the party.  For seven years he was supervisor of the village of Wausau; he served one term in 1873 as a member of the Assembly of Wisconsin; three terms as mayor of Wausau; six years as county surveyor; and for six years was a member of the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin.

In 1869 Mr. Plumer was married in Schenevus, NY on September 13, 1869 to Miss Mary Jane Draper, the daughter of Josiah Draper of Otsego County, NY.  From this marriage, they had one son, who died in infancy.

Daniel L. Plumer died on November 20, 1920 following an illness of several years. He is buried in Pine Grove Cemetery in Wausau, WI.



Occupation:
Founder - First National Bank, State Assemblyman, County Surveyor & Mayor of Wausau



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