Thomas De Lage Sumter
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Thomas De Lage Sumter
Thomas De Lage Sumter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 8th district

March 4, 1839 - March 3, 1843
John Peter Richardson II
District eliminated
Personal details
Born(1809-11-14)November 14, 1809
Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DiedJuly 2, 1874(1874-07-02) (aged 64)
Stateburg, South Carolina
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materU.S. Military Academy
ProfessionSurveyor, planter
Military service
AllegianceUnited States of America
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Battles/warsSecond Seminole War

Thomas De Lage Sumter (November 14, 1809 - July 2, 1874) was a U.S. Representative from South Carolina, and a grandson of American Revolutionary War General Thomas Sumter.[1]

Early life

Sumter was born in Pennsylvania, in the Germantown area of Philadelphia. As a young child, Sumter moved to South Carolina with his family, and attended the common schools at Edgehill, near Stateburg, South Carolina. He graduated in 1835 from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.

Sumter's father, Thomas Sumter Jr., served in Rio de Janeiro from 1810 to 1819 as the United States Ambassador to the Portuguese Court during its exile to Brazil. His mother, Natalie De Lage Sumter (née Nathalie de Lage de Volude), was a daughter of French nobility, sent by her parents to America for her safety during the French Revolution.[2] She was raised in New York City from 1794 to 1801 by Vice President Aaron Burr as his ward, alongside his own daughter Theodosia.[3][4]


Upon graduation, Sumter entered the United States Army as a first lieutenant. He served from 1835 until 1841, during the Second Seminole War, and attained the rank of colonel.

Sumter returned to Stateburg, South Carolina, where he was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-sixth and Twenty-seventh Congresses, serving from March 4, 1839, to March 3, 1843. Serving in South Carolina's 8th congressional district, he was the last individual to hold that seat, which was eliminated in 1843 as a result of the 1840 census.

Sumter engaged in teaching, surveying and agricultural pursuits. He was connected to the fledgling South Carolina Railroad Company as an agent.


Sumter died on his plantation, "South Mount," near Stateburg, on July 2, 1874, and was interred in the private burial ground on his estate.


  1. ^ United States Congress. "Thomas De Lage Sumter (id: S001074)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  2. ^ Tisdale, Thomas (2001). A Lady of the High Hills: Natalie Delage Sumter. Univ. of South Carolina Press. ISBN 978-1-57003-415-2.
  3. ^ Schachner, Nathan (1961) [1937]. Aaron Burr: A Biography. A. S. Barnes. Archived from the original on January 17, 2018.
  4. ^ Burr, Aaron (1837). Davis, Matthew Livingston (ed.). Memoirs of Aaron Burr: With Miscellaneous Selections from His Correspondence. New York: Harper & Brothers. p. 387 n.1.

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