Brig. Gen. Thomas Sumter
b.14 August 1734 Charlottesville, Albemarle, Virginia, United States
d.1 June 1832 South Mount, Plantation, South Carolina
m. 18 Jun 1728
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Information on Gen. Thomas Sumpter
From "History of Orange County, Virginia", by William Wallace Scott, pg. 194:
Sumpter, Gen. Thomas. Born in Orange, 1734; died in South Carolina 1832; was probably at Braddock's Defeat, and was known, like Gen. Francis Marion, as the Swamp Fox of the Revolution; was Member of Congress and United States Senator from South Carolina; Minister of United States to Brasil. (VII, Va. Hist. Mag. 243).
Thomas Sumter (August 14, 1734 – June 1, 1832) 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.
Thomas Sumter was born in Hanover County, Province of Virginia. His father, William Sumter, was an immigrant from Wales who operated a mill in the county. Given a rudimentary education on the frontier, the young Sumter enlisted in the Virginia militia.
Sumter, South Carolina and Sumter County are named for him.