Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Thomas J. McKaig
MSA SC 3520-1793

Born:  November 4, 1804 in Steubenville, Ohio
Died:  1882
Father:  Patrick McKaig
Mother:  Rachel Star
Marriage:  Virlinda Beall in 1828, she died in 1872; Margaret Ann Tilghman in 1874 at the age of 70
Children:  Frisby Tilghman and Nina Lamar by Margaret Ann Tilghman
Education:  B.A. 1826 from Washington College, Pennsylvania; admitted to the bar in April, 1831
Religion:  Presbyterian, elected first president of the board of trustees for the Presbyterian Church of Cumberland, Maryland; converted to Catholicism late in life
Military:  Colonel of the Fiftieth Regiment and later appointed brigadier-general of the Maryland militia
Occupations:  1826-1834 principal of the Allegany County Academy; Lawyer 1831-1872
Political Affiliation:  Whig; switched to Democrat in the early 1850's
Maryland Politics:
                    Mayor of Cumberland, 1837
                    Maryland Legislature, 1854
                    Maryland Senate, 1859
                    Maryland Constitutional Convention, 1867

Source:  Scharf, J. James.  History of Western Maryland, Volume 2.  (Louis H. Everts, Philadelphia, PA, 1882), 1398, 1399,1400, 1401, 1415, 1427, 1433.

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