SUMMERS, George William (1804-1868)

SUMMERS, GEORGE WILLIAM, a Representative from Virginia; born near Alexandria, Va., March 4, 1804; attended school at Charleston, Va. (now West Virginia) and Washington College (now Washington and Lee University), Lexington, Va.; was graduated from the Ohio University at Athens in 1826; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1827 and commenced practice in Charleston, Va.; member of the State house of delegates 1830-1832 and 1834-1836; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-seventh and Twenty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1841-March 3, 1845); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1844 to the Twenty-ninth Congress; elected as a delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1850; unsuccessful Whig candidate for Governor in 1851; judge of the eighteenth judicial circuit of Virginia 1852-1858; member of the peace conference held at Washington, D.C., in 1861 in an effort to devise means to prevent the impending war; delegate to the secession convention in 1861 at Richmond, Va.; resumed the practice of his profession; died in Charleston, W.Va., September 19, 1868; interment in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Putnam County, W.Va.

Ohio University
Alden Library Archives and Special Collections
Athens, OH
Papers: 6 letters (1826-1845) in the Ezra Walker collection, 1826-1853. ca. 45 items.
Letters from Summers to Walker.


University of Michigan
William L. Clements Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 75 items (1840-1861) in the Laidley collection.
Concern legal and political affairs. Finding aid in repository.


West Virginia University Library
Morgantown, WV
Papers: In papers of Lewis and George W. Summers, 1828-1935. ca. 200 items.