The Associated Press
Originally published January 24, 2002, 12:43 PM EST
ANNAPOLIS -- Donning the black top hat and long overcoat of
Maryland's first comptroller, current Comptroller William Donald
Schaefer announced celebrations today to mark the 150th anniversary of
Created by the state constitution of 1851, the first comptroller, Philip
Francis Thomas, took office in 1852. The observance of that event will
begin with parties on Feb. 22.
The comptroller was created to have "general supertintendence of
fiscal affairs" and today is primarily known as the state's tax collecting
agency. Thomas, like Schaefer, was a former governor.
"Some people right now expect me to jump in a pool," quipped the
80-year-old Schaefer, referring to his most famous stunt, a dip in the seal
pool at Baltimore's National Aquarium.
Schaefer, who was mayor of Baltimore at the time, had promised to go
into the pool if the facility was not completed on time.
Also marking the anniversary of the comptroller's office will be an exhibit
of portraits of the 30 comptrollers at the State House and a videotape of
the history of the office.
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