Plumb, Edward Lee, 1827-1912

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Diplomat and secretary of the U.S. legation in Mexico.

From the description of Edward Lee Plumb papers, 1825-1903 (bulk 1857-1875). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79455694

Born in 1827 in Erie Co., New York, Plumb was a diplomat, railroad promoter, and vice president of the Mexican International Railroad Company. He died in 1912.

From the description of Edward Lee Plumb papers, 1856-1912. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122354335

Biographical Note

  • 1827, July 17: Born, Gowanda, N. Y.
  • circa 1845 - 1850 : Received a business education and was apprenticed to Hartford, Conn., mercantile house
  • 1849: Went to California
  • 1854: Explored Mexico, met General Juan Alvarez, and obtained prospecting concession
  • 1855: Instrumental in helping found Mexican Pacific Coal and Iron Mining and Land Co.
  • 1856 - 1857 : On surveying expedition across Central Mexico and returned to New York
  • 1861 - 1865 : Translator and interpreter with American legation, Mexico City, Mexico; also held other positions in Mexico and Washington, D.C.
  • 1866: Secretary of American legation to Mexico
  • 1867 - 1868 : Charge d'affaires, Mexico
  • 1869: Consul general, Havana, Cuba.
  • 1871 - 1881 : Promoted railroads in Mexico and the U.S. for International and Great Northern Railroad
  • 1881 - 1889 : Vice president, Mexican International Railroad
  • 1912, Apr. 16: Died

From the guide to the Edward Lee Plumb Papers, 1825-1903, (bulk 1857-1875), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Biographical Note

Edward Lee Plumb

  • 1827, July 17: born in Gowanda, Erie Co., New York; son of Joseph and Caroline Robbins (Hale) Plumb; brother of Albert Hale Plumb, 1829 - 1907. received a business education and was apprenticed to a Hartford, Conn. mercantile house.
  • 1849: went to California for several years.
  • 1854: exploratory trip to Mexico, met Gen. Juan Alverez, obtained prospecting concession.
  • 1855: interested New York businessmen in founding Mexican Pacific Coal and Iron Mining and Land Co.
  • 1856 - 1857 : surveying expedition across Central Mexico and returned to New York.
  • 1861 - 1865 : Mexico City - translater and interpretor with American Legation, other positions in Mexico and Washington, D.C.
  • 1866: Secretary of Legation to Campbell Legation to Mexico.
  • 1867 - 1868 : Charge d'Affaires at Mexico.
  • 1869, June - 1869 December : Consul General at Havana, Cuba.
  • 1871 - 1881 : railroad promotion in Mexico and U.S. for International and Great Northern Railroad.
  • 1881: sold rights in International concession.
  • 1881 - 1889 : vice-president of Mexican International Railroad Co.
  • 1881, April 15: retired.
  • 1912, April 16: died.

From the guide to the Edward Lee Plumb Papers, 1856-1912, (Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Fotografia Americana. Photographs of Mexico, ca. 1880. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Charles Sumner correspondence, 1829-1874. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Plumb, Edward Lee, 1827-1912. Edward Lee Plumb papers, 1856-1912. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Edward Lee Plumb Papers, 1825-1903, (bulk 1857-1875) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Plumb, Edward Lee, 1827-1912. Edward Lee Plumb papers, 1825-1903 (bulk 1857-1875). Library of Congress
creatorOf Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891. ALS : St. Louis, to Edward Lee Plumb, Mexico City, 1867 Oct. 3. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Edward Lee Plumb Papers, 1856-1912 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
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Relation Name
associatedWith Allen, George F. person
associatedWith Altamirano, Ignacio Manuel, 1834-1893. person
associatedWith Alvarez y Mendizábal, Juan, 1790?-1853. person
associatedWith Balcárcel, Blas, 1830- person
correspondedWith Banks, Nathaniel Prentiss, 1816-1894 person
associatedWith Bates, Henry Walter, 1825-1892. person
associatedWith Blake, William P. (William Phipps), 1826-1910. person
correspondedWith Campbell, Lewis D. (Lewis Davis), 1811-1882 person
associatedWith Cañedo, Estanislao. person
correspondedWith Chew, Robert S. person
correspondedWith Chilton, R. S. person
associatedWith Church, George Earl. person
correspondedWith Clay, Henry, 1777-1852 person
correspondedWith Conkling, Edgar, 1812-1881 person
correspondedWith Cox, Thomas C., public official person
correspondedWith Cushing, Caleb, 1800-1879 person
correspondedWith Dana, Charles A. (Charles Anderson), 1819-1897 person
associatedWith Day, William R. (William Rufus), 1849-1923. person
associatedWith Díaz, Porfirio, 1830-1915. person
associatedWith Dillon, John Forrest, 1831-1914. person
associatedWith Evans, Walton W. person
correspondedWith Fessenden, William Pitt, 1806-1869 person
correspondedWith Fish, Hamilton, 1808-1893 person
associatedWith Fotografia Americana. corporateBody
correspondedWith Geralt, Baron von, -1879 person
correspondedWith Geralt, Baron von, d. 1879 person
correspondedWith Grant, Robert person
correspondedWith Grant, Robert person
associatedWith Hall, Henry C. person
associatedWith Hayes, Rutherford Birchard, 1822-1893. person
correspondedWith Hoadley, David, 1806-1873 person
associatedWith Hunter, William. person
correspondedWith Hunter, William, 1774-1849 person
associatedWith Huntington, Collis Potter, 1821-1900. person
associatedWith International and Great Northern Railway. corporateBody
associatedWith Johnson, Andrew, 1808-1875. person
correspondedWith Juárez, Benito, 1806-1872 person
correspondedWith Lerdo de Tejada, Sebastián, 1823-1889 person
associatedWith Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1850-1924. person
associatedWith Mac Kie, James S. person
associatedWith Marquand, Henry Gurdon, 1819-1902. person
associatedWith Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico, 1832-1867. person
associatedWith Mejía, Ignacio, 1813-1906. person
associatedWith Mexican International Railroad. corporateBody
associatedWith Mexican Pacific Coal and Iron Mining and Land Co. corporateBody
associatedWith Mexico-Vera Cruz Railroad. corporateBody
correspondedWith Murillo Toro, Manuel, 1816-1880 person
associatedWith New Almaden Mine (Calif.) corporateBody
associatedWith Northern Pacific Railroad Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Ord, Edward Otho Cresap, 1818-1883. person
associatedWith Palmer, William Jackson, 1836-1883. person
associatedWith Porter, Horace, 1837-1921. person
correspondedWith Romero, Matías, 1837-1898 person
associatedWith Seward, William Henry, 1801-1872. person
associatedWith Shafter, William Rufus, 1835-1906. person
associatedWith Sheridan, Philip Henry, 1831-1888. person
associatedWith Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891. person
associatedWith Silliman, Benjamin, 1816-1885. person
associatedWith Southern Pacific Company. corporateBody
correspondedWith Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874 person
correspondedWith Thomson, J. Edgar (John Edgar), 1808-1874 person
associatedWith Wells, David Ames, 1828-1898. person
associatedWith White, Andrew Dickson, 1832-1918. person
associatedWith Whitney, J. D. (Josiah Dwight), 1819-1896. person
associatedWith Whitney, William Dwight, 1819-1896. person
correspondedWith Wyke, C. Lennox, Sir person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Mexico
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Belize
South America
United States
Venezuela
Mexico
West (U.S.)
United States
Cuba
Horn, Cape (Chile)
Horn, Cape (Chile)
United States
Southern States
South America
Texas
Mexico
San Francisco (Calif.)
Southern States
Baja California (Mexico : Peninsula)
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Nicaragua
San Francisco (Calif.)
Panama Canal (Panama)
Mexico--Tehuantepec, Isthmus of
Subject
Communication and traffic--Mexico
Diplomatic and consular service, American
Cotton manufacture--West (U.S.)
Mines and Mineral Resources
Communication and traffic--West (U.S.)
Railroads
Mexican War, 1846-1848
Insurgency--Mexico
Canals--Mexico--Tehuantepec, Isthmus of
Cotton manufacture
Diplomatic and consular service, American--Mexico
Canals
Communication and traffic
Insurgency
Railroads--Mexico--Tehuantepec, Isthmus of
Spanish--American War, 1898
Railroads--Mexico
Voyages and travels
Cotton manufacture--Mexico
Railroads--West (U.S.)
Occupation
Diplomats
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Birth 1827

Death 1912

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Spanish; Castilian

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