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Sumner Gage Whittier

In office
1953 – 1957
Governor Christian Herter
Preceded by Charles F. Sullivan
Succeeded by Robert F. Murphy

Born July 4, 1911(1911-07-04)
Died January 8, 2010 (aged 98)
Baltimore, Maryland
Political party Republican

Sumner Gage Whittier (July 4, 1911 – January 8, 2010) was an American politician who served two two-year terms as Lieutenant Governor for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1953 to 1957. He was the Republican candidate for Governor in 1956, but lost to Democrat Foster Furcolo. He was then appointed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to head the U.S. Veterans Administration, a position he held until 1964. Thereafter he worked at various agencies in Washington, D.C..

Previously he was an Alderman in the City of Everett, a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and a Massachusetts Senator. He graduated from Boston University in 1936. The Sumner G. Whittier School in Everett is named after him.

Whittier lived in Ellicott City, Maryland. He died on January 8, 2010.[1]


  1. ^ Death notice: Sumner Gage Whittier The Baltimore Sun (January 12, 2010). Retrieved on January 13, 2010.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Charles F. Sullivan
Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
Succeeded by
Robert F. Murphy


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