Lloyd Lowndes Jr.

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Lloyd Lowndes Jr.
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43rd Governor of Maryland
In office
January 8, 1896 – January 10, 1900
Preceded byFrank Brown
Succeeded byJohn Walter Smith
United States House of Representatives, Maryland District 6
In office
March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875
Preceded bynew district
Succeeded byWilliam Walsh
Personal details
BornFebruary 21, 1845
Clarksburg, Virginia (now West Virginia)
DiedJanuary 8, 1905(1905-01-08) (aged 59)
Cumberland, Maryland
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Tasker Lowndes
Childrensix children

Lloyd Lowndes Jr. (February 21, 1845 – January 8, 1905), a member of the United States Republican Party, was an attorney and politician, the 43rd Governor of Maryland from 1896 to 1900 and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the sixth district of Maryland from 1873 to 1875.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

He was born in 1845 in Clarksburg, Virginia (now West Virginia), son of Lloyd Lowndes and Elizabeth Moore; he was a great-grandson of early Bladensburg, Maryland settler, Christopher Lowndes (1713–1785).[3] He attended Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. He graduated from the law department of the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia in 1867.

Marriage and family[edit]

He married his first cousin, Elizabeth Tasker Lowndes, daughter of Richard Tasker Lowndes and Louisa Black.[3]

Political career[edit]

After starting his law practice, Lowndes turned to politics. He found that the Democratic Party was regaining political control in Maryland. After being elected to one term in Congress in 1872, he did not succeed in gaining re-election after his term ended in 1875. He returned to his law practice.

At the end of the century, however, Lowndes ran for governor in 1896, was supported by a strong Republican biracial coalition, and won the election.[4] In addition, Maryland was one of several "border states" that had voted for Republican candidate William McKinley in a major sweep that showed a realignment nationally;[5] Lowndes and some Republican state legislators and congressmen, such as Sydney Emanuel Mudd, were likely also elected on McKinley's coattails. McKinley's win ended free silver as an issue and American society embraced its industrial present.[5]

Lowndes died in 1905 in Cumberland, Maryland, and is buried at the Rose Hill Cemetery there.


  1. ^ "Lloyd Lowndes, Jr. (1845-1905) Biographical Series; Governor of Maryland 1896-1900 (Republican)". Archives of Maryland, MSA SC 3520-1474. Maryland State Government. March 14, 2001. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  2. ^ White, Jr., Frank F. (1970). The Governors of Maryland 1777-1970. Annapolis: The Hall of Records Commission. p. 221-224. ISBN 978-0942370010. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Johnston, Christopher (1907). Maryland historical magazine, Volume 2. Maryland Historical Society. pp. 276–279. Retrieved September 12, 2009.
  4. ^ STEPHEN TUCK, “Democratization and the Disfranchisement of African Americans in the US South during the Late 19th Century” (pdf), Spring 2013, reading for "Challenges of Democratization", by Brandon Kendhammer, Ohio University
  5. ^ a b 1896: McKinley v. Bryan, Overview/Election Results, Harper's Weekly, accessed February 11, 2014

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
new district
U.S. Congressman, Maryland's 6th District
Succeeded by
William Walsh
Political offices
Preceded by
Frank Brown
Governor of Maryland
Succeeded by
John Walter Smith