John Tolley Hood Worthington

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John Tolley Hood Worthington
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 3rd district
In office
Preceded by James Turner
Succeeded by James Wray Williams
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 5th district
In office
Preceded by Elias Brown
Succeeded by Isaac McKim
Personal details
Born (1788-11-01)November 1, 1788
"Shewan," near Baltimore, Maryland
Died April 27, 1849(1849-04-27) (aged 60)
"Shewan" near Baltimore, Maryland
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mary Tolley Worthington
Children John Tolley Worthington
Annie Maria Worthington
Comfort Mary Worthington
Parents Walter Worthington
Sarah Hood

John Tolley Hood Worthington (November 1, 1788 – April 27, 1849) was a U.S. Representative from Maryland.[1]

Early life[edit]

John Tolley Hood Worthington was born on November 1, 1788 at "Shewan," near Baltimore, Maryland. He was the son of Walter Tolley Worthington (1765–1843) and Sarah Hood (ca. 1767–1850), daughter of John Hood, Jr. (1745–1794), by Hannah Barnes (ca. 1745–1772).[2] Worthington received a limited schooling and engaged in agricultural pursuits.[1] Samuel Worthington (1734-1815) and Mary Tolley (1740-1777), daughter of Walter Tolley.

United States Congress[edit]

Worthington was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-second Congress (March 4, 1831 – March 3, 1833). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1832 to the Twenty-third Congress and for election in 1834 to the Twenty-fourth Congress.[1]

Worthington was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth Congresses, where he served from March 4, 1837 to March 3, 1841. After Congress, he resumed agricultural pursuits.[1]

Personal life[edit]

He was married to Mary Tolley Worthington (1790–1840), a cousin who was the daughter of John Worthington (ca. 1760–1834) and Mary Beale Worthington (1768–1839).[2] Together, they had:[3]

  • Samuel Worthington (d. 1860)
  • John Tolley Worthington (1813–1892), who married Mary Govane Hood (1813–1892), daughter of James Hood, of Hood's Mill, and Sarah Howard.
  • Ann Maria Worthington (1821–1873), who married Charles Grosvenor Hanson (1815/6–1880), son of Alexander Contee Hanson (1786-1819)
  • Comfort Mary Worthington (1823–1894), who married William B. Nelson, Jr.[4]

Worthington died at "Shewan" in Baltimore County, Maryland, and was interred in a private cemetery on his farm.[5] He was reinterred in St. John's Episcopal Churchyard in Worthington Valley, Maryland.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "WORTHINGTON, John Tolley Hood - Biographical Information". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 16 February 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Warfield, Joshua Dorsey (1905). The founders of Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, Maryland: A genealogical and biographical review from wills, deeds and church records. Kohn & Pollock. pp. 147–154. Retrieved 16 February 2017. 
  3. ^ "ANNE-W-WHITE". Retrieved 16 February 2017. 
  4. ^ The funeral of Mrs. COMFORT M. NELSON. Frederick, Maryland: The News. December 28, 1894. 
  5. ^ "Maryland Historical Trust - Shawan House" (PDF). Maryland Historical Trust. Retrieved 16 February 2017. 
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Elias Brown
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
Isaac McKim
Preceded by
James Turner
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
James Wray Williams

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website