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|Daguerreotype of Senator Sumner, 1855|
| United States Senator|
April 24, 1851 – March 11, 1874
|Preceded by||Robert Rantoul, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||William B. Washburn|
|Born|| January 6, 1811|
Boston, Massachusetts, Massachusetts
|Died|| March 11, 1874 (aged 63)|
|Resting place|| Mount Auburn Cemetery|
|Political party||Republican (earlier Whig, Free Soil, Democrat)|
|Spouse(s)||Alice Hooper Sumner (m. 1866–1871) (divorced)|
Sumner was the leader of the antislavery forces in Massachusetts. He was a leader of the Radical Republicans in the United States Senate during the American Civil War. He worked to destroy the Confederacy, free all the slaves and keep on good terms with Europe. During Reconstruction, he fought to minimize the power of the ex-Confederates and guarantee equal rights to the Freedmen.
Sumner made a speech to put an end to slavery and attack the Kansas-Nebraska act. Sumner attacked many senators about the war and slavery including Senator Stephen A. Douglas and South Carolina's Andrew Butler. This made the Representative from South Carolina, Preston Brooks (Andrew Butler's nephew), angry because he attacked his uncle. Brooks grabbed his cane and knocked Sumner onto the Senate floor. Sumner had to stop his political career until he recovered two years later.
Sumner was born on January 6, 1811 in Boston, Massachusetts. He studied at Boston Latin School and at Harvard College. Sumner was married to Alice Hopper from 1866 until they divorced in 1873. They had no children. Sumner died on March 11, 1874 in Washington, D.C. from an heart attack, aged 63.
- William James Hoffer, The Caning of Charles Sumner: Honor, Idealism, and the Origins of the Civil War (2010) p. 62
- Long, William R. (August 8, 2005). "Charles Sumner (1811-74) - Three Essays on A Massachusetts Abolitionist". www.drbilllong.com. http://www.drbilllong.com/LegalEssays/Sumner.html. Retrieved 23 December 2011.
| Wikisource has original works written by or about:
- Mr. Lincoln and Freedom: Charles Sumner
- Sumner's "Crime Against Kansas" speech
- Works by Charles Sumner at Project Gutenberg
- The Liberator Files, Items concerning Charles Sumner from Horace Seldon's collection and summary of research of William Lloyd Garrison's The Liberator original copies at the Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts.