Sumner G. Whittier

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Sumner Gage Whittier
58th Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
In office
January 8, 1953 – January 3, 1957
Governor Christian Herter
Preceded by Charles F. Sullivan
Succeeded by Robert F. Murphy
Member of the Massachusetts Senate from the 4th Middlesex District
In office
Preceded by Angier Goodwin
Succeeded by Fred I. Lamson
Personal details
Born (1911-07-04)July 4, 1911
Everett, Massachusetts
Died January 8, 2010(2010-01-08) (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 the 58th 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 headed SSI at the Social Security Administration in Baltimore and worked there until age 80.

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