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Homer Stille Cummings
Birth: Apr. 30, 1870
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Death: Sep. 10, 1956
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

US Presidential Cabinet Member. He received bachelor's (1891) and law degrees (1893) from Yale University and became an attorney in Stamford, Connecticut. He served as Stamford's Mayor from 1900 to 1902 and 1904 to 1906. From 1908 to 1912 Cummings was Stamford's Corporation Counsel. In 1914 he became Fairfield County State's Attorney, serving until 1924. He was a delegate to numerous state and national Democratic conventions, represented Connecticut on the Democratic National Committee from 1900 to 1925, and served as Democratic National Committee Chairman from 1919 to 1920. In 1932 Cummings was Franklin Roosevelt's Floor Manager during the Democratic national convention and seconded Roosevelt's nomination. When Roosevelt became President in 1933 he offered Cummings the position of Governor of the Philippines, but when Senator Thomas Walsh died before taking office as Attorney General Roosevelt appointed Cummings. As Attorney General he was responsible for improving conditions in federal prisons, as well as creating Alcatraz, the first federal maximum security facility. After Prohibition ended, Cummings merged three agencies to create the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was also a supporter of the "court packing" plan, Roosevelt's attempt to circumvent a conservative Supreme Court by appointing additional Justices. Cummings resigned in 1939, afterwards practicing law in Washington, DC and Connecticut. (bio by: Bill McKern) 
Family links: 
  Uriah Gregory Cummings (1833 - 1910)
  Audie Schuyler Stille Cummings (1847 - 1924)
  Mary Cecilia Waterbury Cummings (1898 - 1939)*
  Julia M Alter Cummings (1905 - 1955)*
*Calculated relationship
Woodland Cemetery
Fairfield County
Connecticut, USA
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Record added: Apr 22, 2003
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Homer Stille Cummings
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Homer Cummings was one of only four occupants of the Rich-Twinn octagon House in Akron, NY. The house is now on the National Register of Historic places. Mr. Cummings was the only occupant to not own the home; which had only 3 owners from 1849 - 1981.
- Katherine White
 Added: Apr. 24, 2017
Smithsonian magazine of Jan-Feb 2017 has an article on him. A good man remembered.
- Kent Gebhard
 Added: Apr. 24, 2017
Thinking of you and your accomplishments. What a career!
- Grave Sleuth
 Added: Jan. 21, 2017
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