Thomas Sumter

Thomas Sumter (1734 - 1832)

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Gen. Thomas "Carolina Gamecock" Sumter
Born in Hanover County, Province of Virginiamap
Son of and [mother unknown]
Brother of [half]
Husband of — married about [location unknown]
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Died in Stateburg, Sumter, South Carolina, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 28 Jan 2015
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Categories: Thomas Sumter Memorial Park, Sumter County, South Carolina | Namesakes US Counties | US Representatives from South Carolina | US Senators from South Carolina | 2nd South Carolina Regiment, Continental Army, American Revolution | South Carolina Slave Owners | Special Improvement Projects | American Founding Fathers | South Carolina Notables.

Gen. Thomas Sumter was a Founding Father in the American Revolution
Preceded by
Charles Pinckney
Thomas Sumter
US Senator (Class 2)
from South Carolina
Seal of of the US Senate
Succeeded by
John Taylor


Thomas Sumter is Notable.

Thomas Sumter was a soldier in the Colony of Virginia militia; a brigadier general in the South Carolina militia during the American War of Independence, and a planter and a politician. After the United States gained independence, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives and to the United States Senate, where he served from 1801 to 1810, when he retired. Sumter was nicknamed the "Carolina Gamecock," for both his fierce fighting style and his attack on British soldiers after they burned down his house during the Revolution.

Burial: Thomas Sumter Memorial Park, Sumter County, South Carolina


  • Fort Sumter, South Carolina, where the first shots of the American Civil War were fired, is named in his honor.
  • Four U.S. states have named counties in Thomas Sumter's honor: Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.


  1. Resigned, vacant December 16, 1810 – December 31, 1810 when successor elected.

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On 10 Apr 2016 at 17:21 GMT J. (Pearson) Salsbery wrote:

Sumter-18 and Sumpter-253 appear to represent the same person because: I removed the unmerged match which was an error to do in the first place. I did not initiate the merge. I approve the merge. Sumter-18 is PP and has no father. Sumpter-253 has a father. This needs to be approved by the Project Manager.

On 10 Apr 2016 at 03:50 GMT J. (Pearson) Salsbery wrote:

Sumpter-253 and Sumter-18 are not ready to be merged because: This merge involving a Project Protected profile needs to be done by a project member I guess.

On 10 Apr 2016 at 02:47 GMT Dan Thompson wrote:

Sumpter-253 and Sumter-18 appear to represent the same person because: Same name, birth and death.

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