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Charles Sumner

Artist:

Edgar Parker

Location:

Faneuil Hall  

Location

Faneuil Hall
United States
42° 21' 36.1476" N, 71° 3' 22.3776" W

Neighborhood:

Downtown

Type:

Painting

Year:

Unknown

Medium:

Oil on Canvas

Collection:

City of Boston

Funders:

Description:

Charles Sumner (1811-1874) represented Massachusetts in the United States Senate from 1851 until his death in 1874. He was born in Boston, where he attended the Boston Latin School; he graduated from Harvard College in 1830. After he gained his law degree from the Harvard Law School in 1833, Sumner was an ardent advocate for the abolition of slavery. In the course of making an anti-slavery speech in the Senate, he ridiculed the pro-slavery senator, Andrew Butler. In revenge, Butler’s nephew - the South Carolina Congressman, Preston Brooks - entered the Senate with a cane and beat Sumner unconscious. Sumner was famously absent from the Senate for over three and a half years while he recovered from his injuries, but despite this, Brooks received no censure for his actions. This portrait of Sumner was painted by Edgar Parker (1840-1892).

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