Theodore Sedgwick

Theodore Sedgwick Theodore Sedgwick (1747 - 1813)
by Gilbert Stuart
Museum of Fine Art, Boston


Thedore Sedgwick was one of the lawyers who won Mumbet's freedom. He was assisted by Tapping Reeve.

Born in Connecticut. Member of Massachusetts state legislature; Delegate to Continental Congress from Massachusetts; U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, 1789-96, 1799-1801; Speaker of the U.S. House, 1799-1801; U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, 1796-99; state court judge; He wrote about Mumbet. Theodore Sedgwick knew George Washington, John Jay, Henry Knox, Alexander Hamilton, and others of note. Mumbet served in the Sedgwick household after leaving the Ashley House and became a central figure in the home. Theodore is the centerpiece of the "Sedgwick Pie" in which Mumbet is buried with the family plot.

The Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of representatives lists Sedgwick as the 6th Speaker of the House. Wikipedia has an article about Sedgwick.

Books by Theodore Sedgwick

Below is a photograph of the actual home office Sedgwick lived in when Mumbet walked from the Ashley home to Sheffield.

Theodore Sedgwick Home, Sheffield, Massachusetts

The Sedwick Office above where Mumbet walked from the Ashley House to ask Theodore Sedwick to represent her case for freedom is still in existence and is a private home in Sheffield This part of the house was the original office Sedwick used in in 1781.

This view of the Sedwick office in the photo below is from the East looking West. The original Sedwick office was from this garage to the pillars you see in the distance. The addition at the end from the pillars on did not exist in Sedwick's day. In 1781, Sedwick's office and home is what you are looking at. This home is a private home today and the owner gave permission for to photograph it and publish this on the web.

Theodore Sedgwick Office, Sheffield, Massachusetts