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]

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]



  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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