Owner of a farm and tannery in Woburn, Massachusetts. John Cummings also served in both the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Massachusetts Senate. He ran for Congress, unsuccessfully, in 1876.
By a vote of the Corporation in 1889, when he retired from the office of Treasurer, Mr.
Cummings" name was applied to the laboratories of Mining Engineering and Metallurgy in recognition of his services. He was a trustee of the Woburn Public Library and of the Warren Academy of Woburn.
He was also on the school committee. He was a director of the Perkins Institution for the blind.
lieutenant is also said that his great recreation was the study of Natural History and "he became so interested in that, that he was led to join the Boston Natural History Society, where he became much interested in Botany, and was chairman of the Botany section."
, New England Historical Genealogical Register Volume LIII 1899
Portrait of John Cummings, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Technology Review Volume(s) 22
Biographical History of Massachusetts: Biographies and Autobiographies of the Leading Men in the State.