James Sumner
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James Batcheller Sumner (1887 - 1955)

James Batcheller Sumner
Born in Canton, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married 10 Jul 1915 (to 1930) in Ithaca, New Yorkmap
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Died in Buffalo, Erie, New York, United Statesmap
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James Batcheller Sumner was an American chemist. He discovered that enzymes can be crystallized, for which he shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1946 with John Howard Northrop and Wendell Meredith Stanley. He was also the first to prove that enzymes are proteins.

His parents were Charles and Elizabeth Sumner. His wife was Cid Ricketts.

His 5th GGF was Puritan immigrant George Sumner.


  • "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q29G-55X1 : 17 October 2017), James Betchelles Sumner, 19 Nov 1887; citing Birth, , 90, town clerk offices, Massachusetts; FHL microfilm 2,080,166.
  • "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M9TJ-KPG : accessed 2 July 2018), James B Sumner in household of Charles Sumner, Canton town (all east of r.r.), Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 1028, sheet 11A, family 227, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,669.
  • "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KXBN-Q9X : 13 March 2018), James B Sumner, 1917-1918; citing Tompkins County, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,819,049.
  • "United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVR2-LVXN : 16 March 2018), James Batcheller Sumner, 1921; citing Passport Application, New York, United States, source certificate #53046, Passport Applications, January 2, 1906 - March 31, 1925, 1657, NARA microfilm publications M1490 and M1372 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

see also: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/2:2:SPSF-JHQ

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