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Charles Sumner was a Harvard graduate, Massachusetts senator, and adamant abolitionist. In 1856 Sumner gave an impassioned antislavery speech called “Crime Against Kansas.” Days later an outraged Congressman from South Carolina brutally beat Sumner with a cane on the Senate floor.
According to a Harvard Library Bulletin article by John A. Riggs, “Sumner must rank one of the greatest benefactors of the Harvard Library. During his lifetime he gave the Library an estimated 250 maps, 1,300 volumes, and between 15,000 and 20,000 pamphlets.”
Above are a few volumes inscribed by Sumner. They read:
"To the Library of Harvard University, from a grateful child of the University. – Charles Sumner Nov 28th 1860"
"Albert Sumner Esq – From his brother, The Author."
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