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Sumner, Charles

Born: 1811 AD
Died: 1874 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Abolitionist

1811 – Born on the 6th of January in Boston.

1833 – Graduate of Harvard Law School.

1852 – His long service as a U.S. senator from Massachusetts, however, that he exercised his major influence on history.

1856 – On the 19th and 20th of May, he denounced the “Crime against Kansas” as “in every respect a swindle” and characterized its authors, Senators Andrew P. Butler and Stephen A. Douglas, as myrmidons of slavery.

1861 – Sumner was chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

         – He helped preserve peace between Britain and the United States by persuading President Lincoln to give up Confederate commissioners James M. Mason and John Slidell after their capture aboard the “Trent” in November.

1870 – Sumner helped defeat Pres. Ulysses S. Grant’s proposal to annex Santo Domingo.

1872 – In a move for magnanimity toward the defeated South, Sumner introduced a Senate resolution providing that the names of battles between fellow citizens should not be placed on the regimental colours of the U.S. Army.

1874 – Died on the 11th of March in Washington, D.C.