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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|
|Born||November 14, 1809|
Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
|Died||July 2, 1874 (aged 64)|
Stateburg, South Carolina
|Alma mater||U.S. Military Academy|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Battles/wars||Second Seminole War|
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. She was raised in New York City from 1794 to 1801 by Vice President Aaron Burr as his ward, alongside his own daughter Theodosia.
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.