Charles Sumner

Charles Sumner

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Charles Sumner

Charles Sumner

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CHARLES SUMNER came of typical Massachusetts stock. His family on both sides was of English origin, but his ancestors left England very soon after the landing of the Pilgrims, and dwelt in the neighborhood of Boston for nearly two centuries before his birth. Roger Sumner, his lineal ancestor in the eighth generation, died and was buried at Bicester in Oxfordshire. William, the only son of Roger, came to America about 1635, and settled in Dorchester, which adjoined Boston on the south. He became at once a landowner and was made a freeman in 1637. He was admitted to the church in 1652; was a deputy to the General Court, a selectman, a commissioner to try small causes, and in other ways showed himself an active and public-spirited citizen. He brought three children with him from England, and two more were born afterward. Roger, his second son, was born in England. He married Mary Josselyn, of Lancaster, in Massachusetts, and became an in-

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