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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1 3 1 Browse Search
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William Schouler, A history of Massachusetts in the Civil War: Volume 2, Chapter 15: Worcester County. (search)
e, knit with her own hands over one hundred pairs of woollen socks for the soldiers. Leominster Incorporated June 23, 1740. Population in 1860, 3,522; in 1865, 3,318. Valuation in 1860, $1,728,997; in 1865, $1,933,122. The selectmen in 1861 and 1862 were Manson D. Hawes, Alanson Richardson, John H. Lockey; in 1863, Alanson Richardson, Charles H. Merriam, William F. Howe; in 1864, John H. Lockey, William F. Howe, Alfred L. Burdett; in 1865, William F. Howe, Alfred L. Burdett, Samuel Putnam. The town-clerk during all the years of the war was Joel C. Allen. The town-treasurer for the same period was Porter Piper. 1861. The first legal town-meeting to consider matters connected with the war was held on the 6th of May, at which a letter from Joseph C. Burrage, Alvah A. Burrage, and Charles H. Burrage,—three noble brothers, sons of Leominster, then residing in Boston,—addressed to the selectmen, was read as follows: We desire to have the money herewith sent (seven hundre
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 2: Parentage and Family.—the father. (search)
ph Churchill. These well known names show his high standing in the confidence of the community. Mr. Sumner's home life, which before his appointment as sheriff had been regulated with severe economy, was now more generously maintained. Twice a year, at the opening of the Supreme Judicial Court, he gave a dinner to the judges, the chaplain, and members of the bar and other gentlemen. He gathered, on these festive occasions, such guests as Chief Justices Parker and Shaw, Judges Prescott, Putnam, Wilde, Morton, Hubbard, Thacher, Simmons, Solicitor General Davis, Governor Lincoln, Josiah Quincy, John Pickering, Harrison Gray Otis, William Minot, Timothy Fuller, Samuel E. Sewall; and, among the clergy, Gardiner, Tuckerman, Greenwood, Pierpont, and Lyman Beecher. His son Charles, and his son's classmates, Hopkinson and Browne, were, once at least, among the youngest guests. He gave a dinner, in 1831, to surviving classmates; at which were present Pickering, Jackson, Thacher, Mason, a
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 8: early professional life.—September, 1834, to December, 1837.—Age, 23-26. (search)
September, 1836, he took a vacation, the only one which he is known to have taken during his first three years of practice. He visited Niagara Falls, going by the way of New York City and the Hudson River, and returning by the way of Canada, the White Mountains, and Portland. At New York he called on Chancellor Kent, In the early part of July the Chancellor had made a visit to Boston, during which Sumner was attentive to him, taking him to Trinity Church on Sunday, to a party at Judge Samuel Putnam's, and to points of interest in the city, and to Cambridge. who treated him with much courtesy; met William Johnson, the reporter, whom he found gentlemanly, accomplished, and talented, truly a delightful character; and had pleasant interviews with his friend George Gibbs, and his classmate Tower. Impressed with the contrast between the street life of New York and that of Boston, more striking then than now, he said to Tower, as they sat together in a parlor of the Astor House, look
concerning the courtship of Henry Putnam. It is related that on one of his journeys from Medford to Connecticut, he stopped over night at Bolton, fell in love with his host's daughter, proposed in the morning, was immediately married and with his bride drove back—her dowry consisting of two cows and twelve sheep. He is said to have been at the capture of Louisburg, being in command of a company there; his son Henry was also there from Danvers. In 1738, he united with his brother, Samuel Putnam of Topsfield, and their mother, Elizabeth, in a deed of sale of land in Danvers to Benjamin and Joseph Knight. In or about the year 1745, he sold his father's homestead to Phineas Putnam, but had not disposed of all his property in Danvers, as he was on tax list in 1752, and on the fourth of March of that year was one of the three tellers at the first town meeting in Danvers to collect and count the votes for selectmen. At this meeting he was chosen surveyor of lumber. Probably about