Archives of Maryland
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George Washington Covington (1838-1911)
MSA SC 3520-1999

Born September 12, 1838 in Berlin, Worcester County, Maryland.  Son of Isaac and Amelia (Franklin) Covington.  Attended Buckingham Academy, Worcester County; Harvard Law School.  Admitted to the bar, 1861.  Married Sallie M. D. Bishop, September 6, 1865.  Children:  Louisa Amelia, George Bishop, Harry Franklin, Arthur Dennis (died in infancy).  Presbyterian.  Died April 6, 1911 in New York City.  Buried in All Hallows Cemetery, Snow Hill, Worcester County, Maryland.

Covington was an attorney who practiced law in Berlin and Snow Hill, Maryland.  He was a director of the Worcester County Railroad and assisted in its incorporation.  He was a director of and counsel for the Delaware, Maryland and Virginia Railroad.  In 1860 he served as principal of the Buckingham Academy where he had attended in Worcester County.  Although Covington did not fight in the Civil War, he sympathized with the Union and advocated the gradual emancipation of slaves and compensation to slave owners by the government.  He was secretary and treasurer of the Board of County School Commissioners of Worcester County in 1865.  He was also an auditor of the circuit court for Worcester County and a delegate for Worcester County to the 1867 Constitutional Convention of Maryland.  He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives (D), serving from March 1881 to March 1885.  During his last term in Congress he served as chair of the Committee on Accounts.

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