Member Biography

John Campbell Plumer 


Portrait and Bio: Albert, History of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, 1888, 662-665


Sessions Office Position District Party
1839       16 Democrat
1840       16 Democrat
1841       16 Democrat
1842       16 Democrat

COUNTIES: Westmoreland  


11/28/1788 - 07/18/1873

Sergeant John Campbell Plumer (D16) Westmoreland County 1839-1842

Early Life:

Sergeant John Campbell Plumer, born November 28, 1788, Puckety, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania; son of George and Margaret Lowrey Plumer; self-educated, pursued the frontier trading business, traveling the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, eventually leasing a schooner to sail out of New Orleans for Havana, trading for coffee cargo, bound for Philadelphia; enlisted, orderly sergeant under Captain Joseph Markley, participating in the Battle of Mississinewa, Siege of Fort Miegs, War of 1812, 1812-1813; returned, Westmoreland County, settling in Robbstown; married, Elizabeth Pearis, 1815, married second, Maria Elliott, 1830; purchased a gristmill and sawmill; aided the commercial navigation, dam construction, Youghioheny River; credited as the force behind construction of the Robbstown Bridge; appointed justice of the peace, 1819; served, federal inspector, West Point; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1830-1831; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate,1839-1842; died, July 18, 1873, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania; interment, West Newton Cemetery, West Newton, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Appointed justice of the peace, 1819.

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, Westmoreland County, 1830-1831.

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 16th district, Westmoreland County, 1839-1842.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Not currently available.


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members P"Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

John Campbell Plumer (1788-1873) - Find a Grave Memorial