Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

John Smith Hollins (1786-1856)
MSA SC 3520-2829

Biography:

The following essay is in Wilbur F. Coyle, The Mayors of Baltimore (Reprinted from The Baltimore Municipal Journal, 1919), 85-86.

John Smith Hollins was Mayor of Baltimore from November 8, 1852, to November 13, 1854.

A loan to the Northern Central Railway Company, heretofore arranged, was consummated; the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad was completed to the Ohio River, and a loan of five million dollars, by the municipality to this company, was authorized by Act of Assembly.  In consequence of the political separation of Baltimore City and Baltimore County, a division of the City and County Courthouse and Almshouse properties was made.  Ordinances were passed providing for the erection of the Hanover Market House, and eight school buildings, as well as for bridges across Jones Falls Canton Avenue, at Eager Street and at Swann Street.  Large sewers were placed in the bed of Broadway from Monument to Gay Streets.  Culverts were built for Chatsworth Run at its intersections with German (Redwood)
Street and at St. Peter Street.  A sewer was completed along the course of the Run through Penn Street from Pratt to Haw Streets.  Provision was made for leasing lots of ground now occupied by part of the City Hall, and also for the purchase of the site of Madison Square, and an addition to Riverside Park.  Legislation to open Fulton Avenue from Franklin to Pratt Streets was passed.  An Act of Assembly authorizing the erection of a dam at Loch Raven for the water supply of Baltimore was approved.  A market house to replace one destroyed by fire, at Fells Point, foot of Broadway, was built.

Mr. John Smith Hollins was First Lieutenant in Captain Sterrett's Company, also known as the First Baltimore Hussars, which was a part of the Fifth Maryland Cavalry.  This troop served during the attack on Baltimore September 12-13, 1814.  Mr. Smith died November 28, 1856, (in his 70th year).

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