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 (sŭm′nər), Charles 1811-1874.
American politician. A US senator from Massachusetts (1851-1874), he was a noted orator and abolitionist. In response to an antislavery speech, he was assaulted in the Senate chamber by a US representative from South Carolina (1856).
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(ˈsʌm nər)

1. Charles, 1811–74, U.S. statesman.
2. James Batcheller, 1887–1955, U.S. biochemist: Nobel prize 1946.
3. William Graham, 1840–1910, U.S. sociologist and economist.
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Affectionately Dedicated to my young friend Sumner Hamilton Britton of Chicago
It would be far easier to see you dead if it could be said of you as of Sumner 'No man dared offer him a bribe.' "
"I cannot promise to be an Agassiz or a Sumner, mother; but I do promise to be an honest man, please God."
Both the captain and mate worked out the position on a Sumner line, and agreed, and at noon agreed again, and verified the morning sights by the noon sights.
Captain Doane worked hard, pursuing the sun in its daily course through the sky, by the equation of time correcting its aberrations due to the earth's swinging around the great circle of its orbit, and charting Sumner lines innumerable, working assumed latitudes for position until his head grew dizzy.
Sumner rightly rejects this sort of definition but not for ecological reasons.
Sumner at a meeting sponsored by the International Society on Hypertension in Blacks.
READING is converting to the Swaffham hare - and will not race on Thursday or Saturday of this week, its last meetings behind the old Sumner will be tonight, and finally tomorrow (an additional card).
Cracks and fins in the sand in an American desert look very similar to features seen on Mars and may indicate the recent presence of water at the surface, according to a study by researcher Gret Chavdarian and associate professor of geology Dawn Sumner from the University of California, Davis.
Pamela Sumner, who orchestrated the art program of the interior and exterior of the Whole Foods building downtown last year, received a commission for her own work that was installed at the company's new Palm Beach Gardens store.
Richard Sumner's remains, along with a pair of boots and only a few items of clothing, were found in April this year - three years after he went missing from home.
Mark "Squirrel" Sumner, 59, of Harrisburg, died at 12:16 a.m.