Clarkson, Paul S., and R. Samuel Jett.Luther Martin of Maryland. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1970.
Annotation / Notes: The life of Luther Martin (1748-1826) reminds us that not all patriots of the revolutionary generation were on the winning side of each issue. Martin was a talented lawyer elected to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. During the deliberations, he found that he could not support the concept of a strong central government as crafted by his fellow delegates. He was a leader in Maryland's unsuccessful anti-federalist opposition to ratification. Later, Martin was noteworthy as one of Aaron Burr's chief defenders during the former Vice President's treason trial.
Delaplaine, Edward S.Life of Thomas Johnson. New York: F.H. Hitchcock, 1927.
Annotation / Notes: Thomas Johnson (1732-1819) is another of Maryland's nearly forgotten revolutionary leaders. Maryland's first Governor after the expulsion of its proprietary government, Johnson guided the state through a turbulent time when the revolutionary cause seemed all but lost. After the Revolution, Johnson refused all high state and federal offices, concentrating on developing the state's western lands. This classic biography was written by a respected Frederick County jurist and local historian.
Eddis, William.Letters from America. Edited by Aubrey C. Land. Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1969.
Annotation / Notes: William Eddis (1738-1825) was an official in Maryland on the eve of the Revolution. His letters provide a first hand account of his impressions as the British colonies lurched toward severing their ties with the home country. Eddis was in a position to observe events at the highest levels of government and his letters have been an important primary source for scholars. General readers will find this relatively short book an interesting means for understanding the ambivalent feelings many Marylanders felt in the years preceding the final break with England.
Everest, Allan S., ed.The Journal of Charles Carroll of Carrollton as one of the Congressional Commissioners to Canada in 1776. Fort Ticonderoga, NY: Champlain-Upper Hudson Bicentennial Committee, 1976.
Land, Aubrey C.The Dulanys of Maryland: A Biographical Study of Daniel Dulany, The Elder, and Daniel Dulany, the Younger. Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society, 1955.
Annotation / Notes: Daniel Dulany, the Elder (1685-1753) and his son Daniel Dulany , the Younger (1722-1797) were central figures in the 18th century political and social landscape of Maryland. The father, who arrived in Maryland in 1703 as an indentured servant, rose to become a wealthy official in the proprietary government. His son extended the family fortune and became a prominent defender of the British government in the debates that preceded the American Revolution. The story of the Dulanys is an important counterpoint to that of the Carrolls and others on the patriot side.
Stiverson, Gregory A., and Jacobsen, Phebe R.William Paca: A Biography. Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society, 1976.
Annotation / Notes: Visitors to Annapolis mostly associate William Paca (1740-1799) with a handsome house and gardens restored to their original glory. Paca hailed from Harford County, owned extensive property on the Eastern Shore, but moved to Annapolis and emerged as a patriotic leader during the revolutionary era. Elected Governor in 1782, Paca headed a state government that witnessed the final victory over the British. This short biography provides a good introduction to the man and his era.
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