Charlotte Hall Military Academy
Charlotte Hall Military Academy, located at Charlotte Hall, Maryland, was established as Charlotte Hall School in 1774 by Queen Charlotte to provide for the liberal and pious education of youth to better fit them for the discharge of their duties for the British Empire. It is the oldest educational institution in the United States, fully accredited by the Maryland State Department of Education.
The landed estate of the school embraced 360 acres (1.5 km2). The School was non-sectarian and of high moral tone. There were many illustrious graduates, persons of all major professions, clergy and congressmen.
Trustees of the academy, formerly known as Charlotte Hall School, included Roger B. Taney (1777-1864) Supreme Court Justice, George Plater (1735-1792) Governor of Maryland, James Thomas (1785-1845) Governor of Maryland and Joseph Kent (1779-1837) Governor of Maryland.
The School closed its doors in 1976 because of increasing financial problems. The property is now part of the Charlotte Hall Historic District. It is operated as the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, a program of the Maryland State Department of Veterans Affairs.
- Edward Bates (1793–1869), United States Attorney General under Abraham Lincoln
- Robert Bowie (1750–1818), Governor of Maryland
- León Febres Cordero (1931-2008), President of Ecuador
- Barnes Compton (18301896), congressman and Treasurer from Maryland.name="Alumni"/>
- William Barton Wade Dent (1806-1855)
- Daniel Jenifer (1791–1855), congressman from Maryland and U.S. Minister to the Austrian Empire
- John Thomson Mason (1787–1850)
- Thomas Parran, Sr. (1860–1955), Maryland congressman, State Delegate and State senator
- Thomas Parran, Surgeon General of the United States]] from 1936 to 1948
- William B. Rochester (1789-1838)
- Admiral Raphael Semmes (1809–1877), captain CSS Alabama
- Sylvester Stallone (1946- ), attended in 1961
- Owsley Stanley (1935-2011), Underground LSD cook, sound man and financier for the Grateful Dead
- James Thomas (1785-1845), Governor of Maryland
- Richard Thomas (Zarvona) (1833-1875)
- George Watterston (1783–1854), first Librarian of Congress
- John F. Wood, Jr. (1936- ), member Maryland House of Delegates
- David Herold (1842-1865), One of the Lincoln Assassination Conspirators
- Maryland. State Board of Education. Twenty-sixth Annual Report of the State Board of Education, Showing the Condition of the Public Schools or Maryland, for the Year Ending July 31st, 1892. Baltimore, MD: Press of Thomas & Evans, 1893, p. xlix.
- CHMA Alumni
- Charlotte Hall School Marker
- History of Charlotte Hall Veterans Home
- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) No. MD-682, "Charlotte Hall School, State Routes 5 & 236, Charlotte Hall, St. Mary's County, MD", 1 photo, supplemental material
- HABS No. MD-682-A, "Charlotte Hall School, Administration Building", 12 photos, 2 data pages, 1 photo caption page