History of Iowa From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century/4/Sumner B. Hewett
SUMNER B. HEWETT was born in Northbridge, Massachusetts, on the 22d of June, 1833. He received a liberal education in the schools of that State, and in 1854 removed to Iowa, becoming a resident of Wright County, where his father's family were among the earliest pioneers. He selected for his home a beautiful farm including Eagle Grove, and six hundred acres of adjoining prairie. In 1861, Mr. Hewett was appointed county judge, serving three years. In 1862 he was appointed Collector of Internal Revenue for the Sixth Congressional District which then embraced nearly one-third of the territory of the State. He had served as one of the secretaries of the State Senate in the session of 1862. He was for many years one of the directors of the State Agricultural Society, and an influential member of that organization. In 1871 he was elected to the House of Representatives of the Fourteenth General Assembly for the district consisting of the counties of Hamilton, Humboldt and Wright. He served on the committees of Agricultural College, of which he was chairman, railroads and public buildings. When the Northwestern Railroad was built through Wright County, the town of Eagle Grove included within its limits a portion of Judge Hewett's farm. He removed to California many years ago.