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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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BIOGRAPHIES DUL

Murdock (?-1769); and Marianne Greenfield, who
married John Stoddert (?-1767). NEPHEW: James
Heath (?-1766). OTHER KINSHIP: his great-
grandfather was Richard Smith (?--ca. 1690). MAR-
RIED on September 16, 1749, Rebecca (1724-
1822), daughter of Benjamin Tasker (ca. 1690-
1768); granddaughter of William Bladen (1670-
1718); niece of Thomas Bladen (1698-1780). Her
brothers were Benjamin Tasker, Jr. (1720/21-
1760); and four others who died young. Her sisters
were Ann (1723-1817), who married Samuel Ogle
(1694-1752); Elizabeth (1726-?); and Frances. Her
nephew was Benjamin Ogle (1748/49-1809). Her
niece was Mary Ogle, who married John Ridout
(1732-1797). CHILDREN. SONS: Daniel (1750-
1824), who closed his law practice and sailed for
London, England, in 1774. As a result, his exten-
sive properties in the province were confiscated
during the Revolution. He later became a barrister
of Lincoln's Inn, London, England; Benjamin
Tasker Dulany (1752-1816). DAUGHTER: Ann (?-
1828), who married on April 21, 1784, William
Delasserre; divorced by May 1800, when she peti-
tioned for a change of surname for herself and her
daughter Rebecca. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION:
completed Eton, 1738; entered Clare College,
Cambridge University, in January 1739 as a pen-
sioner; entered Middle Temple, 1742; called to the
bar in 1746, a form of recognition rarely accorded
a colonist. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican, St.
Anne's Parish, Annapolis. SOCIAL STATUS AND
ACTIVITIES: member of a prominent and affluent
family. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: lawyer, admitted
to the following courts: Provinical Court in Octo-
ber 1747; Anne Arundel County in November
1747; Prince George's County in November 1747;
Court of Chancery by December 1747; Frederick
County in March 1748/49. Retired from active
practice in 1763; planter. Daniel and his brother
Walter Dulany (?-1773) jointly held one share in
the Baltimore Ironworks Company, which they
had inherited from their father, and they con-
trolled another share held by the Tasker family.
The Carroll family, which owned three shares, fre-
quently combined to outvote the Dulanys. There
was a history of ill-feelings between the Dulany
and the Carroll families that worsened over time.

PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE Lower
House, Frederick County, 1749 (election voided
on June 8, 1749), 1751-1754 (Laws 1-6), Annapo-
lis, 1756-1757 (elected to the 5th session to fill
vacancy); Upper House, 1757-1758, 1758-1761,
1762-1763, 1765-1766, 1768-1770, 1771, 1773-
1774. OTHER PROVINCIAL OFFICES: commissary
general, commissioned jointly with Benjamin

Tasker (ca. 1690-1768), in 1754, resigned 1756,
commissioned again in 1759, resigned 1761; Coun-
cil, 1757-1776 (appointed and qualified on June
12, 1757); secretary of Maryland, sworn 1761, re-
commissioned 1773, office abolished 1776; com-
missioner for the sale of proprietary manors and
reserved lands, 1766-1771. LOCAL OFFICES: jus-
tice, Frederick County, in office at least by 1749-
out of office by 1751 (quorum, at least 1749-
1751); recorder, Annapolis, 1754-1765; mayor,
Annapolis, 1764-1765. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRI-
VATE ISSUES, argued against the Stamp Act, but
was opposed to the actions of the Sons of Liberty;
under the pseudonym "Antilon," he debated
Charles Carroll of Carrollton (1737-1832) in a
series of newspaper articles concerning the Fee Bill
controversy, 1773; espoused neutrality during the
Revolution. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PER-
SONAL PROPERTY: 6 slaves, 1790; as part of their
one share of the Baltimore Ironworks, he and his
brother Walter Dulany (?-1773) had an interest in
the company's furnaces, forges, slaves, indentured
servants, and the sloop Baltimore. LAND AT FIRST
ELECTION: 14,000 acres in Frederick County, plus
170 town lots in Frederick Town, Frederick
County (deed of gift from his father, 1748); owned
one-half share, or a ten percent interest, in the
Baltimore Ironworks, which comprised 20,000
acres in Baltimore County. SIGNIFICANT CHANGES
IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH:

controlled 2,150 acres in Kent and Frederick
counties as guardian of his half brother Lloyd,
1752; sold 3,300 acres composed of farmsteads,
consisting of 50-acre to 300-acre lots for cash or
on credit, plus 144 lots in Frederick Town, Fred-
erick County, 1769; deeded all of his remaining
real property to his sons, except for 3,000 acres,
1772-1775. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: on March
17, 1797, in Baltimore City; buried at St. Paul's
Church, Baltimore City. LAND: ca. 3,000 acres in
Frederick and Anne Arundel counties.

DULANY, WALTER (?-1773). BORN: of age by
1743; second son. NATIVE: second generation. RE-
SIDED: in Annapolis, Anne Arundel County. FAM-
ILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Daniel Dulany (1685-
1753). MOTHER: Rebecca (ca. 1695-1737), daugh-
ter of Walter Smith (?-1711). STEPMOTHER: Hen-
rietta Maria (?-1766), widow of Samuel Chew
(1704-1736/37); daughter of Philemon Lloyd (ca.
1674-1732/33). AUNTS: Lucy Smith (1688-1770),
who married Thomas Brooke (1683-1 744); Eleanor
Smith (1690-1761), who married Thomas Addison
(1679-1727); and Ann Smith (1694-1759), who
married second, Thomas Trueman Greenfield

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