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Ralph Plumb
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 8th district
In office
March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1889
Preceded by William Cullen
Succeeded by Charles A. Hill
Personal details
Born (1816-03-29)March 29, 1816
Busti, New York
Died April 8, 1903(1903-04-08) (aged 87)
Streator, Illinois
Political party Republican

Ralph Plumb (March 29, 1816 – April 8, 1903) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois.

Born in Busti, New York, Plumb attended the common schools. He engaged in mercantile pursuits, and moved to Ohio. He served as member of the Ohio State house of representatives in 1855. Deciding to study law, he was admitted to the bar in 1857 and commenced practice in Oberlin, Ohio. During the Civil War served in the Union Army as captain and quartermaster of Volunteers, 1861-65. He was brevetted lieutenant colonel.

He moved to Illinois in 1866 and settled in Streator. He engaged in the mining of coal and the building of railroads. He served as mayor of Streator from 1882-85, and was later elected as a Republican to the Forty-ninth and Fiftieth Congresses (March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1889). Plumb engaged in banking until his death in Streator on April 8, 1903.

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