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John C. Groome (1800-1866)
MSA SC 3520-2373


Born in Elkton, Cecil County, June 8, 1800.  Son of Doctor John Groome and Elizabeth Black Groome.   Graduated from Princeton College.  Studied law under E.F. Chambers and Levin Gale.  Graduated from Litchfield Law School.  Married Elizabeth Riddle (Black) Groome on December 6, 1836; five children:  future Governor James Black Groome, Maria Stokes Groome Knight, Elizabeth Black Groome Constable, Jane S. Groome Black, John C. Groome (1839-1860) .  Resided in Elkton.  Died November 30, 1866.

Practiced law in Elkton, 1825-66; taught law privately.  Served in U.S. Army; achieved the rank of colonel.  Member, Maryland Senate, Eastern Shore, 1832-36.  Appointed secretary of state by Governor Thomas W. Veazey, March, 1838 and approved by the Maryland senate.  Groome either declined to accept the appointment or resigned in early April, 1838; John H. Culbreth was appointed to the office of secretary of state on April 3, 1838.  Gubernatorial candidate defeated by Thomas Holliday Hicks in 1857.  One of five vice presidents of the Maryland State Conference Convention of February, 1861 that met in order to discuss ways to keep Maryland in the Union.

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