Benjamin Gaither

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Benjamin Gaither
Bornc. 1784 (1784)
Died1838 (aged 53–54)

Benjamin Gaither (c. 1784–1838) is the namesake of Gaithersburg, a U.S. city located in Montgomery County, Maryland.[citation needed]

Benjamin Gaither was the son of Henry and Martha Ridgely Gaither and was born approximately 1784.[1] Through his mother, he descended from Hon. John Dorsey. He married Margaret Brookes who was the daughter of Henry C. Brooks and Martha (Bowie) Brooks.[1] A slave owner, Gaither owned 11 slaves in 1824.[2] Gaither's family traces its roots to colonial Jamestown in the 1600s and settled in Montgomery County after the revolutionary war.[3]

Benjamin Gaither died in 1838.[1]


  1. ^ a b c The City of Gaithersburg (2002). Gaithersburg: History of a City. Arcadia Publishing. p. 17. ISBN 978-0738523729.
  2. ^ "Gaithersburg". Bethesda Beat. 21 November 2009. Retrieved 2021-01-04.
  3. ^ "Gaithersburg reviewing streets, other memorials named after those with ties to slavery". Bethesda Magazine. 9 July 2020. Retrieved 2021-01-04.