Archives of Maryland
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William P. Maulsby (1815-1894)
MSA SC 3520-1835


Born in Bel Air, Maryland, July 10, 1815.  Son of Israel David and Jane (Hall) Maulsby.  Attended Bel Air Academy; graduated from Union College, Schenectady, New York, c. 1832; studied law under his father and John Nelson of Baltimore.  Married Emily Catherine Contee Tylor (or Tyler) Nelson on November 30, 1835; three surviving children (of eight) were William, Jr., Emily, and Bettie.  Admitted to the Carroll County bar, 1837.  Died in Westminster, October 3, 1894.

Practiced law in Frederick and Westminster in Carroll County.  First state senator from Carroll County, 1838-43.  First state's attorney of Carroll County, 1844-46.  He moved to Baltimore for several years and then returned to Frederick and lived there from 1851 to 1872.  President, Chesapeake Canal, 1857-59.  Presidential elector (Douglas), 1860.  Colonel, U.S. Army in the First Regiment of the Potomac Home Brigade during the Civil War; participated in the battles of Charlestown, Harper's Ferry, Martinsburg, Monacy, and Gettysburg.  Delegate from Frederick County to 1867 Constitutional Convention of Maryland.  Appointed chief judge of the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court by Governor Oden Bowie, 1870.  Judge, Maryland Court of Appeals, 1870-71.

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