Sumner Pike, Lubec, ca. 1940

Contributed by Lubec Historical Society


In 1939, after a career in oil and finance, President Franklin Roosevelt appointed Lubec native Sumner Tucker Pike (1891-1976) to the Securities and Exchange Commission, where he served for six years. Retiring home to Lubec, in 1946 he received a call from President Harry Truman asking him to serve as an original member of the Atomic Energy Commission. As acting chair of the AEC in 1950, Truman nominated him as permanent chair.

A congressional committee rejected the nomination 5-4, apparently because Pike opposed development of the hydrogen bomb. Later he served in the Maine legislature, and from 1965 to 1975 on the Board of the Roosevelt International Park on Campobello Island. He was a prime mover for the Roosevelt Memorial Bridge which connects Lubec with that island. Sumner Pike authored an article, “Grandpa Was a Smuggler,” in the weekly Saturday Evening Post magazine, August 28, 1948.

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About This Item

  • Title: Sumner Pike, Lubec, ca. 1940
  • Creation Date: circa 1940
  • Subject Date: circa 1940
  • Town: Lubec
  • County: Washington
  • State: ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 24.2 cm x 19.0 cm
  • Local Code: Pike 3 jpg
  • Collection: Anne Pike Rugh
  • Object Type: Image

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Lubec Historical Society
135 Main Street, Lubec, ME 04652

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