Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Francis DeSales Mudd (1909-1972)
MSA SC 3520-14749


Born August 16, 1909, in Bryantown, Maryland.  Son of John Francis Mudd and his wife, Amelia "Amy" Rebecca (Jameson) Mudd; eldest of seven children.  Attended Catholic University, 1931; Georgetown University School of Law, LL.B., 1933.  Married Louise Elizabeth Finan, April 14, 1935, in Cumberland, Maryland; six children: Judith Anne, Patricia, Thomas Finan, Louise E., Frank D., Jr., and John F.  Died February 14, 1972, in Charles County, Maryland.  Buried at St. Mary's Cemetery, Bryantown, Maryland.

Admitted to the Bar, October 11, 1933, and began practice with father as Mudd & Mudd. Sons Thomas and John later joined the practice, which became one of Southern Maryland's largest and most prestigious. Handled a variety of criminal, civil and equity cases, including a number of real estate matters. Today, the firm known as Mudd, Mudd & Fitzgerald, P.A.

United States Commissioner for Southern Maryland, late 1930s. Member of Republican State Central Committee, 1935-1938. Active in Maryland State Bar Association from 1940; vice-president, 1957-58. First President, Charles County Bar Association. Attorney to Charles County Commissioners for many years, beginning in 1948. Named to the Maryland State Advisory Committee to the Federal Commission on Civil Rights, 1958. Member, Charles County Civil War Centennial Committee, 1961-65; Governmental Study Commission, 1965-68. Elected to the Constitutional Convention of 1967; served as Chair of Judiciary Committee.

Chairman of the Board, Rosecroft Raceway and the Charles County branch of Maryland National Bank. Member, Board of Directors, Potomac Telephone Company and Pargas Co. Active in Catholic Church organizations in Charles County.

Member of family with lengthy connections to state and county politics. His father John F. Mudd was a State Senator in addition to maintaining his legal practice, his great-grandfather George D. Mudd was served in the State Senate and the House of Delegates, and his great-great-grandfather Theodore Mudd was a Delegate as well. Mudd's brother-in-law was Thomas Finan, Attorney General of Maryland and Judge of the Court of Appeals.

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