Thomas Beale Dorsey

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Thomas Beale Dorsey
Born 17 October 1780
Anne Arundel County, Maryland
Died 26 December 1855
Residence Mt. Hebron House, Ellicott City
Political party
Republican
Spouse(s) Milcah Goodwin
Children Rebecca Comfort (Davis), Samuel Worthington, John Thomas Beale
Parents John Worthington Dorsey and Comfort Worthington
Relatives Caleb Dorsey, Edward Dorsey, John Worthington Dorsey Jr., Col Charles Samuel Worthington[1]

Thomas Beale Dorsey (1780–1855) was a American farmer, lawyer, politician and judge serving Anne Arundel County and Maryland. [2]

Early life[edit]

In 1807 Dorsey became a member of the Baltimore City House of Delegates. During this time he was a member of the Committee of Grievances & Courts of Justice, Committee on Laws to Expire, Committee to Consider and Report on the Communication from the Governors of New Jersey and Delaware, and the Committee to Examine Laws of Maryland Regulating the Election of Members of Congress.

In 1811 Dorsey was appointed to be the U.S. District Attorney for Maryland. Folling his term, he was elected to the House of Delegates representing Anne Arundel County as a Republican, but was defeated in his 1814 election. In 1816 and 1821, he became a Senatorial Elector for Anne Arundel County. Dorsey attained the position of Attorney General of Maryland in 1822, serving until 1824. In 1824, he was appointed as Chief Judge, First Judicial District. He remained as an Associate Judge for the Maryland Court of Appeals until 1848, when he became the Chief Judge until 1851. After 1851, he served on the board of directors of the Patapsco Female Institute.[3]

Dorsey is credited in his efforts to convert the Howard District of Anne Arundel, into Howard County, Maryland. His son John Thomas Beale maintained a Howard County Farm, but served for the southern confederacy.[4]

Dorsey lived at Mt. Hebron, a stone home built by his father in 1808. Dorsey operated a farm at the location with 49 salves listed in the 1840 census.[5] Mount Hebron High School, built in 1966, is named after the manor[6]

See Also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joshua Dorsey Warfield. The founders of Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, Maryland. p. 495. 
  2. ^ "Maryland State Archives". Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Isabella Margaret Elizabeth Blandin. History of Higher Education of Women in the South Prior to 1860. p. 173. 
  4. ^ "Maryland State Archives". Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Maryland State Acrhives". Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Howard County Historical Society. Howard County. p. 84. 
  • Out of the Depths, Or, The Triumph of the Cross - Nellie Arnold Plummer, G.K. Hall (1927) - Written by the daughter of Adam and Emily Plummer, former slaves at Mt. Hebron.

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