Mason, Sumner R, Dd
Mason, Sumner R., D.D.
a Baptist minister, was born at Cheshire, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, June 14, 1819. He was for two years a member of Yale College (1838-40); then became a member of the First Baptist Church in New Haven, and devoted the next seven years to teaching, most of the time in Nashville, Tenn., where he was licensed to preach, September 7, 1844; and studied theology under Reverend Dr. Howell. He was ordained pastor of the First Baptist Church, Lockport, N.Y., August 22, 1849; then became pastor of the First Baptist Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 4, 1855, where he continued an able and successful minister until his death, Aug. 26, 1871. A volume of his sermons and essays, edited by Reverend A. Hovey, D.D., with a sketch of his life and character, by Reverend O.A. Stearns, D.D., was issued by the Riverside (Cambridge) press in 1874. (J.C.S.)