About Charles Sumner

Charles Sumner
Charles Sumner was an American politician and senator from Massachusetts. As an academic lawyer and a powerful orator, Sumner was the leader of the antislavery forces in Massachusetts and a leader of the Radical Republicans in the United States Senate during the American Civil War working to destroy the Confederacy, free all the slaves and keep on... Wikipedia
January 6, 1811, Boston, Massachusetts
March 11, 1874, Washington, D.C.

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Charles Sumner Quotes

I have no personal griefs to utter; only a barbarous egotism could intrude these into this chamber. I have no personal wrongs to avenge; only a barbarous nature could attempt to wield that vengeance which belongs to the Lord.
Speech titled The Barbarism of Slavery on June 4, 1860. Referring to the brutal assault against him by a South Carolina Senator Brooks that took place on the Senate floor in 1856 which lead to a difficult recovery and a lengthy absence from the Senate.
Beware of the wounds of the wounded souls; oppress notto the utmost a single heart, for a solitary sign has power to overset a whole world.
Oriental proverb that Sumner quoted during a major speech given in the Senate on August 26, 1852 during which he attacked the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act. In response to Sumner's speech, a Senator from Alabama said "The ravings of a maniac may sometimes be dangerous, but the barking of a puppy never did any harm."
When crime and criminals are thrust before us they are to be met by all the energies that God has given us by argument, scorn, sarcasm and denunciation. The whole arsenal of God is ours; and I will not renounce one of the weapons -- not one!
In a letter to Howe, January 1860, writing about his return to the Senate following a lengthy absence after a brutal assault on the Senate floor by a South Carolina Senator Brooks in 1856 and a difficult recovery.