- Name: Charles Sumner
- Born: 01/06/1811
- Died: 03/11/1874 (63 years old)
- Profession: Politician
Charles Sumner (January 6, 1811? March 11, 1874) was an American politician and United States Senator from Massachusetts. As an academic lawyer and a powerful orator, Sumner was the leader of the anti-slavery forces in the state and a leader of the Radical Republicans in the U.S. Senate during the American Civil War. During Reconstruction, he fought to minimize the power of the ex-Confederates and guarantee equal rights to the freedmen. He fell into a dispute with President Ulysses Grant, a fellow Republican, over the control of Santo Domingo leading to the stripping of his power in the Senate and his subsequent effort to defeat Grant’s re-election.
School: Harvard University
Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Death Place: Washington, D.C., U.S.