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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1225

Papers concerning the 1872 resolution of condemnation against Charles Sumner


Papers concerning the censure vote against U.S. Senator Charles Sumner.


  • Creation: 1862-1873

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Includes letters, primarily from Sumner and Whittier to Phillips, as well as manuscript drafts and printed copies of the censure against Sumner, among other items.

Biographical / Historical

Sumner was a U. S. Senator from Massachusetts. On 2 December 1872, Charles Sumner introduced in the U.S. Senate a bill "to regulate the Army Register and the regimental colors of the United States." This provided that Civil War victories should not be among those commemorated in regimental honors. Rabid Northerners in the Massachusetts House of representatives passed a vote of unqualified censure against Sumner for his act. Willard P. Phillips, John Greenleaf Whittier and others fought to have this resolution rescinded and annulled, which was accomplished early in 1873.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

50M-396. Gift of James Duncan Phillips Esq., Rowley Bridge Road, Topsfield, Massachusetts: received: 1951 May 24.

Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874. Papers concerning the 1872 resolution of condemnation against Charles Sumner, 1862-1873: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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