George Gale (congressman)

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George Gale

George Gale (3 June 1756 – 2 January 1815) was an American politician and the first representative of the fifth congressional district of Maryland.

Gale was born in Maryland in 1756. He attended public school and served in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. When Maryland convened its convention to ratify the United States Constitution in 1788, Gale was a member. He was then elected to the First United States Congress as a member of the House of Representatives. He served from 1789 to 1791, when George Washington appointed him supervisor of distilled liquors for the district of Maryland.

Gale died in Maryland in 1815. He is buried in what was formerly the Gale family cemetery. It is now on the grounds of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Perryville, MD.

His son, Levin Gale, later followed in George's footsteps and became a U.S. Representative.

In World War II, the United States liberty ship SS George Gale was named in his honor.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Representative of the Fifth Congressional District of Maryland
Succeeded by
William V. Murray