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Governors 1634 to 1689
by John T. Marck



 

 
 
 

Governors Under Proprietary and Parliamentary Government

1634-1776

1634-1645 - Leonard Calvert

1645-1646 - Captain Richard Ingle

Usurped the government and maintained control until about the middle of 1646.

1646 - Captain Edward Hill

Elected governor by the council while Leonard Calvert was in Virginia. Hill claimed to have a commission from Calvert. His appointment was illegal, as he was not a member of the council when elected. It appears that he truly held office, for he later attempted to collect fees due him by virtue of his service.

1646-1647 - Leonard Calvert

1647-1649 - Thomas Greene

1649-1652 - William Stone

During his absences, he left the following men to act in his place:Thomas Greene, 1649; Thomas Hatton, 1650.

1652-1658 - Parliamentary Commissioners: Richard Bennett and William Claiborne.

1652-1656 - William Stone

Stone's commission as governor was contested by the Parliamentary Commissioners.

1654-1657 - Commissioners appointed by the Parliamentary Commissioners.

William Fuller, Richard Preston, William Durand, Edward Lloyd, John Smith, John Lawson Richard Wells, Leonard Strong, John Hatch, and Richard Ewen.

Richard Bennett and William Claiborne, with authorization from the Puritan government in England, issued an ordinance July 22, 1654, to ten Marylanders as commissioners "for the well Ordering, directing and Governing the affaires of Maryland" with powers that included the right to summon assemblies.

Later additions to the body of commissioners were: William Parker, Robert Slye, Thomas Meeres, Thomas Marsh, Sampson Waring, Michael Brooke, John Pott, Woodman Stockley, William Parrott, Philip Morgan, William Ewen, Thomas Thomas, Philip Thomas, Samuel Withers and Richard Woolman. The commissioners surrendered their powers to the restored proprietary government March 24, 1657.

1657-1660 - Josias Fendall

During his absence, he appointed Luke Barber to serve in his place from June 1657 to February 1658.

1660-1661 - Philip Calvert

1661-1676 - Charles Calvert

1676 - Jesse Wharton

1676-1679 - Thomas Notley

1679-1684 - Charles Calvert, Lord Proprietary

1684-1688 - Council of Deputy Governors

George Talbot, Thomas Tailler, Colonel Vincent Lowe, Colonel William Stevens

Colonel William Burgess, Major Nicholas Sewall and John Darnall.

1688-1689 - William Joseph

Copyright© John T. Marck. All Rights Reserved. This article and their accompanying pictures, photographs, and line art, may not be resold, reprinted, or redistributed for compensation of any kind without prior written permission from the author. From Maryland The Seventh State A History, by John T. Marck. Copyright © John T. Marck, All Rights Reserved.

 
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