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Increase Sumner

Death: Jun 7, 1799

Birthplace: Roxbury, Boston

Nationality: United States

Increase Sumner

Date of Death : Jun 7, 1799
Birth Place : Roxbury, Boston

Increase Sumner was an American lawyer, jurist, and politician from Massachusetts. He was the fifth governor of Massachusetts, serving from 1797 to 1799. Trained as a lawyer, he served in the provisional government of Massachusetts during the American Revolutionary War, and was elected to the Confederation Congress in 1782. Appointed to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court the same year, he served there as an associate justice until 1797. He was three times elected governor of Massachusetts by wide margins, but died not long after the start of his third term. His descendants include his son William H. Sumner, for whom the Sumner Tunnel in Boston, Massachusetts is named, and 20th-century diplomat Sumner Welles.


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