Charles Goldsborough

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Charles Goldsborough
Charles Goldsborough, 1802 painting.jpg
16th Governor of Maryland
In office
January 8, 1819 – December 20, 1819
Preceded byCharles C. Ridgely
Succeeded bySamuel Sprigg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland's 8th congressional district
In office
March 4, 1805 – March 4, 1817
Preceded byJohn Dennis
Succeeded byThomas Bayly
Member of the Maryland State Senate
In office
In office
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
In office
In office
Personal details
Born(1765-07-15)July 15, 1765
Dorchester County, Province of Maryland, British America
DiedDecember 13, 1834(1834-12-13) (aged 69)
Dorchester County, Maryland, U.S.
Political partyFederalist

Charles Goldsborough (July 15, 1765 – December 13, 1834) served as the 16th Governor of the state of Maryland in the United States in 1819.

Goldsborough was born at "Hunting Creek", near Cambridge, and pursued an academic course. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia in 1784 and began to study law. In 1790, he was admitted to the bar, and early on held several local political offices. He was also a member of the Maryland State Senate from 1791 to 1795 and later from 1799 to 1801.

Goldsborough was elected as a Federalist to the Ninth and to the five succeeding Congresses, serving from March 4, 1805 to March 3, 1817. In 1814 he was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society.[1] He later served as Governor of Maryland in 1819. In 1820, he retired from public life and moved to his estate near Cambridge. He died at "Shoal Creek" near Cambridge, and is interred there at Christ Episcopal Church Cemetery.

Charles Goldsborough was the great-grandfather of Thomas Alan Goldsborough and Winder Laird Henry.


  • United States Congress. "Charles Goldsborough (id: G000261)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Dennis
U.S. Congressman, Maryland's 8th District
Succeeded by
Thomas Bayly
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Carnan Ridgely
Governor of Maryland
Succeeded by
Samuel Sprigg