Thomas Waldron Sumner

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Thomas Waldron Sumner (1768–1849) was an architect and government representative in Boston, Massachusetts, in the early 19th century. [1] [2] He designed East India Marine Hall and the Independent Congregational Church in Salem; [3] [4] and the South Congregational Society church in Boston. [5] He was also involved with the Exchange Coffee House, Boston. [6]

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In Boston he lived on Cambridge Street [7] and Chamber Street, [8] and later moved to Brookline. [9] He belonged to the Boston Associated Housewrights Society [10] and the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanick Association. [11] Sumner married Elizabeth Hubbard (1770–1839); children included Caroline Sumner (born 1796) and Thomas Hubbard Sumner. His parents were engineer James Sumner (1740–1814) and Alice Waldron (died 1773). [12] [13] The artist John Christian Rauschner created portraits of Sumner and his wife. [14]

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  1. "Lived in Boston; was an architect; Representative 1805–11, '16, '17..." Appleton, William S. (1879), Record of the descendants of William Sumner, of Dorchester, Mass., 1636, Boston: D. Clapp & Son, pp.21, 49-50
  2. Oliver Ayer Roberts (1897), History of the military company of the Massachusetts now called the ancient and honorable artillery company of Massachusetts.., Boston: Alfred Mudge & Son
  3. Bryant Franklin Tolles, Jr. Architecture in Salem: an illustrated guide. NH: University Press of New England, 2004
  4. "Independent Congregational Church, Barton Square, Salem, Mass". Boston Athenaeum catalog.
  5. Caleb H. Snow (1828), A history of Boston, Boston: A. Bowen, OCLC   734614
  6. Jane Kamensky. Exchange Artist: a tale of high-flying speculation and America's first banking collapse. Viking, 2008.
  7. Boston Directory, 1796
  8. Boston Directory, 1805
  9. R.G.F. Candage. "The Gridley House, Brookline, and Jeremy Gridley." Publications of the Brookline Historical Society, 1903
  10. "Boston Associated Housewrights Society, instituted 1804. Thos. W. Sumner, president." cf. The Massachusetts manual, or, Political and historical register. Boston: Callender, 1814
  11. Alpheus Cary. Addresses delivered before the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association ... 6th triennial celebration. Boston: Munroe & Francis, 1824
  12. Appleton. 1879
  13. Descendants may have included the architects Greene & Greene. cf. Kenneth Hafertepe, James F. O'Gorman. American architects and their books, 1840–1915, Books 1840–1915. Univ of Massachusetts Press, 2007
  14. Ethel Stanwood Bolton (1915), Wax portraits and silhouettes, Boston: Massachusetts Society of the Colonial Dames of America
  15. Bryant F. Tolles Jr. Architecture & Academe: College Buildings in New England Before 1860. NH: UPNE, 2011

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