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Thomas De Lage SUMTER

(1809-1874)

SUMTER, Thomas De Lage, (grandson of Thomas Sumter), a Representative from South Carolina; born in Germantown, Pa., November 14, 1809; attended the common schools at Edgehill, near Stateburg, S.C.; was graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., in 1835; entered the United States Army as first lieutenant the same year and served until 1841, attaining the rank of colonel; engaged in the war against the Seminole Indians; moved to Stateburg, S.C.; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-sixth and Twenty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1839-March 3, 1843); was not a candidate for renomination; engaged in teaching, surveying, and agricultural pursuits; connected as agent with the South Carolina Railroad Co.; died on his plantation, “South Mount,” near Stateburg, S.C., July 2, 1874; interment in the private burial ground on his estate.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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