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date: 11 May 2021

Cummings, Harry Sythe locked

(19 May 1866 – 7 Sept. 1917),
  • David Taft Terry


Maryland attorney and politician in Baltimore City, was born in Baltimore, Maryland. His parents, Henry and Eliza Jane Davage Cummings, resided in the northwestern section of the city. The son of formerly enslaved parents, Henry Cummings was a chef in a local hotel, and also operated a catering business. His wife, Eliza Cummings, whose parents had also been enslaved, ran a boarding house during her adult life. The Cummings family included six children; the most notable besides Harry was Ida Cummings, who became a pioneer in the field of early childhood education.

Harry Cummings was educated in Baltimore City's racially segregated public school system. He received a diploma from the Baltimore Colored High and Training School, and then left the city to attend college at Lincoln University, a historically black institution in Chester, Pennsylvania, graduating in 1886. By 1899 Harry S Cummings married the former Blanche ...

A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.

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