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Richard Plumer (c.1689–25 November 1750) was a British politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1722 to 1750.

Plumer was the third surviving son of John Plumer, a wealthy London merchant of Blakesware, Hertfordshire, and his wife Mary Hale, daughter of William Hale of King’s Walden, Hertfordshire. He had brothers Walter and William Plumer who were also in Parliament. He succeeded to his father’s estates in Kent and Surrey in 1719.[1]

Plumer was appointed Lord of Trade in 1721, and a year later at the 1722 general election he was elected Member of Parliament for Lichfield on the interest of the Chetwynd family. He was returned again as MP for Lichfield at the 1722 general election, but in that year was dismissed from his office at the Board of Trade to make way for someone else. He then voted selectively – for the Administration on the civil list arrears in 1729 and on the repeal of the Septennial Act in 1734, but against the Administration on the Hessians in 1730, the army in 1732, and the excise bill in 1733. At the 1734 general election he was returned as MP for St Mawes on the recommendation of Walpole. He was re-appointed as Lord of Trade in 1735 and from then on voted consistently with the Administration. In 1741 he was brought in unopposed as MP for Aldburgh and in 1747 returned unopposed for Weymouth and Melcombe Regis.[1]

Plumer was operated on for a stone on 18 November 1750 and died a week later on 25 November unmarried.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "PLUMER, Richard (c.1689-1750)". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Walter Chetwynd
Samuel Hill
Member of Parliament for Lichfield
With: Walter Chetwynd 1722-1731
George Venables-Vernon 1731-1734
Succeeded by
George Venables-Vernon
Rowland Hill
Preceded by
Henry Vane
William East
Member of Parliament for St Mawes
With: Henry Vane
Succeeded by
James Douglas
Robert Nugent
Preceded by
William Conolly
Francis Gashry
Member of Parliament for Aldburgh
With: William Conolly
Succeeded by
William Windham
Zachary Philip Fonnereau
Preceded by
John Tucker
Joseph Damer
John Raymond
James Steuart
Member of Parliament for Weymouth and Melcombe Regis
With: Welbore Ellis
George Dodington
Edward Hungate Beaghan
Succeeded by
Welbore Ellis
Lord John Cavendish
George Dodington
Edward Hungate Beaghan