Harry Nice

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Harry W. Nice
Harry Whinna Nice, photo portrait head and shoulders.jpg
50th Governor of Maryland
In office
January 9, 1935 – January 11, 1939
Preceded by Albert C. Ritchie
Succeeded by Herbert R. O'Conor
Baltimore City Council
In office
1903–1905
Personal details
Born (1877-12-05)December 5, 1877
Washington, D.C.
Died February 25, 1941(1941-02-25) (aged 63)
Baltimore, Maryland
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Edna Viola Amos
Children Harry W., Jr., and William Stone
Residence Baltimore, Maryland
Religion Methodist

Harry Whinna Nice (December 5, 1877 – February 25, 1941), a member of the United States Republican Party, was the 50th Governor of Maryland in the United States from 1935 to 1939.

Harry Nice was born in Washington D.C., but was raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He later attended Baltimore City College, Dickinson College and graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1899. He was married to Edna Viola Amos in 1905, with whom he had two sons, Harry Jr, and William, who died in childhood.

Nice served as assistant to the State's Attorney in Baltimore, but later resigned to run for the Republican nomination for governor of Maryland in 1919. He lost to Democrat Albert C. Ritchie by a narrow margin. Following the defeat, Nice accepted a position in the Appeals Tax Court of Baltimore City as a judge from 1920 until 1924. In 1934, running under the campaign motto of "Right the wrong of 1919", Nice again challenged Ritchie and defeated him by 6,149 votes.

Nice rose to become Governor during the national depression, which brought great financial hardships to the state budget. To help find a solution to the situation, Nice assigned a committee to investigate ways of alleviating the debt, but was not pleased with the recommendations of raising taxes. Neither he nor the Maryland General Assembly felt it would be wise to raise taxes at such a rate. Also as Governor, Nice redesigned the governors' residence at Government House, changing the architectural style from Victorian to Georgian.

After losing the support of his party, Nice was defeated by Herbert R. O'Conor in 1938. He attempted to run for the U.S. Senate in 1940, but was unsuccessful and resumed his law practice in Baltimore. He is buried in Greenmount Cemetery.

Building dedications[edit]

References[edit]

  • Harry W. Nice biography. December 9, 1998. Maryland State Archives. October 25, 2004. [1]
Political offices
Preceded by
Albert Ritchie
Governor of Maryland
1935–1939
Succeeded by
Herbert O'Conor