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 Virginia militia, planter, hero of the American Revolution as a brigadier general in the South Carolina militia, and politician. He was later repeatedly elected to the United States House of Representatives and to the United States Senate, where he served from 1801-1810, when he retired. He was nicknamed the "Carolina Gamecock" for his attack on British soldiers after they burned down his house during the American Revolutionary War and his fierce fighting style.
Sumter, South Carolina and Sumter County are named for him.