Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Samuel Ringgold (1770-1829)
MSA SC 3520-1914


Born January 15, 1770, in Chestertown, Kent County. Son of Thomas and Mary (Galloway) Ringgold. Episcopalian. Married Maria (Mary) Cadwalader (d. 8/1/1811), May 3, 1792 in Philadelphia. They had the following children: Anna Maria (7/10/1793-3/4/1828), John Cadwalader (b. 11/15/1794), Samuel (b. 10/16/1796), Mary Elizabeth (12/18/1788-3/9/1836), Ann Cadwalader (b. 1/10/1801, m. William Schley), Cadwalader (b. 8/20/1802), Edward Lloyd (b. circa 1806, d. 7/28/1822), Cornelia (b. 1/27/1809),  twins Charles (b. 7/22/1810) and Frederick (b. 7/23/1810), and Charles Anthony (b. circa 1811, d. 5/28/1817). Married Maria Antoinette Hay, granddaughter of President James Monroe, February 1813, in Washington, D.C. at the White House. They had the following children: George Hay (4/18/1814-4/4/1864), Fayette, Virginia (m. John Ross Key), Rebecca (m. Dr. Hay). Samuel is also believed to have had two other children, Nancy and Cheston, of whom little is known. Died October 18, 1829, in Frederick, Frederick County. Buried in "Fountain Rock" family cemetery, near Hagerstown, Washington County.

Military Service: Brigadier General, 2nd Brigade, Maryland Militia, appointed July 7, 1810.

Maryland Service: House of Delegates, Washington County, 1795; State Senate, Western Shore, 1801-1805, 1806 (declined); judge, Levy Court, Washington County, 1806-1810, 1822-1826.

National Service: U.S. House of Represenatives, 4th District, 11th (elected to fill vacancy left by the resignation of Roger Nelson), 12th, 13th, 15th, 16th Congresses, served from December 7, 1810 to March 1815, and March 1817 to March 1821.

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