Joshua Frederick Cockey Talbott

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Fred Talbott

Joshua Frederick Cockey "Fred" Talbott (July 29, 1843 – October 5, 1918) was a U.S. Congressman who represented the second Congressional district of Maryland.

Biography[edit]

Born near Lutherville, Maryland, he began to study law in 1862 but joined the Confederate Army during the American Civil War in 1864 to serve in the Second Maryland Cavalry. Following the war, Talbott was admitted to the bar in 1866 and began to practice law in Towson, Maryland.

In 1878, after several years of activity in Democratic politics and local civic affairs, he was elected to the U.S. Congress. Except for the periods 1885 to 1893, during which he served for a time as Insurance Commissioner for Maryland, and 1894 to 1902, he served in Congress until his death. Talbott was a member of the House Naval Affairs Committee for 25 years and worked unceasingly for a strong and modern Navy. He died in Lutherville, and is interred in Sherwood Cemetery of Cockeysville, Maryland.

Namesake[edit]

The destroyer USS J. Fred Talbott (DD-156) was named for him.

References[edit]

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles B. Roberts
U.S. Representative for the 2nd Congressional District of Maryland
1879—1885
Succeeded by
Frank T. Shaw
Preceded by
Herman Stump
U.S. Representative for the 2nd Congressional District of Maryland
1893—1895
Succeeded by
William Benjamin Baker
Preceded by
Albert Blakeney
U.S. Representative for the 2nd Congressional District of Maryland
1903—1918
Succeeded by
Carville D. Benson