Sumner G. Whittier

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Sumner Whittier
5th Administrator of Veterans Affairs
In office
December 18, 1957 – January 20, 1961
PresidentDwight Eisenhower
Preceded byHarvey Higley
Succeeded byJohn Gleason
58th Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
In office
January 8, 1953 – January 3, 1957
GovernorChristian Herter
Preceded byJeff Sullivan
Succeeded byRobert Murphy
Member of the Massachusetts Senate
from the 4th Middlesex district
In office
January 1943 – January 1953
Preceded byAngier Goodwin
Succeeded byFred Lamson
Personal details
Sumner Gage Whittier

(1911-07-04)July 4, 1911
Everett, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedJanuary 8, 2010(2010-01-08) (aged 98)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationBoston University (BA)

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.


Whittier 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.

Whittier 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 1961. Thereafter he headed SSI at the Social Security Administration in Baltimore and worked there until age 80.

Personal life[edit]

Whittier lived in Ellicott City, Maryland. He died on January 8, 2010.[1] The Sumner G. Whittier School in Everett is named in his honor.


  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
Jeff Sullivan
Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
Succeeded by
Robert Murphy
Preceded by
Harvey Higley
Administrator of Veterans Affairs
Succeeded by
John Gleason
Party political offices
Preceded by
Christian Herter
Republican nominee for Governor of Massachusetts
Succeeded by
Charles Gibbons