Charles Sumner (bishop)
Sumner was educated at Eton College and at Trinity College, Cambridge and graduated BA in 1814, MA in 1817. Later on he was ordained deacon and priest. In the two winters of 1814-1816, he ministered to the English congregation at Geneva, and from 1816 to 1821 was curate of Highclere, Hampshire. In 1820, George IV wished to appoint him as a canon of Windsor, but the prime minister, Lord Liverpool, objected; Sumner received instead a royal chaplaincy and librarianship, and other preferments quickly followed until in 1826 he was consecrated Bishop of Llandaff and in 1827 Bishop of Winchester.
In his long administration of his latter diocese he was most energetic, tactful and munificent. Though Evangelical in his views he by no means confined his patronage to that school. In 1869 he resigned his see, but continued to live at the official residence at Farnham until his death on 15 August 1874.
Sumner published a number of charges and sermons and The Ministerial Character of Christ Practically Considered (London, 1824). He also edited and translated John Milton's De doctrina christiana, which was found in the State Paper office in 1823, and formed the text of Macaulay's famous essay on Milton.
Sumner married Jennie Fanny Barnabine Maunoir (23 February 1794 – 3 September 1849); they had four sons and three daughters. His son, George Henry Sumner, also a cleric, was the husband of Mary Sumner, founder of the Mothers' Union. His daughter, Emily Sarah Frances, married the Rev.dCanon Robert Newman Milford (1829–1913), Rector of East Knoyle, Wiltshire (1865–1912) and a canon of Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire (1896–1912); their son, Humphrey Sumner Milford, was highly influential in early 20th century music and literature as Publisher to the University of Oxford. His second daughter, Sophia Albertina, married William Henry Ridley. His eldest daughter, Louisanna (1817–1899), married the Reverend William Gibson in 1837 and of their eleven children Arthur Sumner Gibson became a rugby union international for England, playing in the first international in 1871; Herbert William Sumner Gibson became a vice admiral in the Royal Navy; Edgar Charles Sumner Gibson became Bishop of Gloucester; Walter Sumner Gibson became an academic reader at the Oxford University Press from 1914 and his nephew through his wife's youngest brother was the actor Laurence Olivier; and Alan George Sumner Gibson became a coadjutor bishop of Cape Town.
- Edward J. Davies, "Some Connections of the Birds of Warwickshire", The Genealogist, 26 (2012):58-76.
- "Sumner, Charles Richard". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
- Chisholm 1911.
- Blain, Michael (2007). The Canterbury Association (1848-1852): A Study of Its Members’ Connections. Christchurch: Project Canterbury. pp. 77–78. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
- Courtney 1898, p. 167-168.
- "Ridley, William Henry". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
- rev-william-gibson.co.uk – the genealogy associated with Reverend William Gibson 1804-1862
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Sumner, Charles Richard". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press
- Courtney, William Prideaux (1898). "Sumner, Charles Richard". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography 55. London: Smith, Elder & Co. pp. 165–168.; Endnotes:
- A Life of Sumner was published by his son, George Henry Sumner, in 1876
- cf. Le Neve's Fasti, i. 49, ii. 257, 317, 429, iii. 21, 81
- Stapylton's Eton Lists, p. 42
- Lady Granville's Letters, i. 255
- Burke's Landed Gentry
- Foster's Alumni Oxon.
- Gent. Mag. 1802 ii. 1066, 1847 i. 108
- Times, 17 and 18 Aug. 1874
- Guardian, 19 and 26 Aug. 1874
- Pennington's Recollections, pp. 149–65
- Ashwell and Wilberforce's Bishop Wilberforce, i. 65–82, 103–4, 150, 160, 263–4, 317, 401, ii. 248, iii. 61–2
- Lucas's Bernard Barton, pp. 108–9, 161
- information from Mr. W. Aldis Wright
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