FREDERICK COUNTY, MARYLAND

ORPHANS' COURT

REGISTERS OF WILLS


Appointed by Governor (Constitution of 1776, secs. 40, 41):
1777-1805 George Murdock
1805-1815 Richard Butler
1815-1825 Henry Steiner
1825-1845 George M. Eichelberger
1845-1851 Thomas Sappington

Elected by Voters to 6-year terms (Constitution of 1851, Art. IV, sec. 18):
1851-1857 George Hoskins
1857-1863 Absalom P. Kessler
1863-1865 Thomas L. McLean

Elected by Voters to 6-year terms (Constitution of 1864, Art. IV, sec. 46):
1865-1867 Thomas L. McLean

Elected by Voters to 6-year terms (Constitution of 1867, Art. IV, sec. 41):
1867-1873 Sebastian G. Cockey
1873-1879 John R. Rouzer (R)
1879-1885 James P. Perry (R)
1885-1891 Hamilton Lindsay
1891-1897 James K. Waters (D)
1897-1903 Charles E. Sayler
1903-1909 William B. Cutshall (R)
1909-1915 Samuel D. Thomas (D)
1915-1921 Albert M. Patterson (R)
1921-1926 George E. Smith (D)

Elected by Voters to 4-year terms (Constitution of 1867, Art. XVII, added by Chapter 227, Acts of 1922, ratified Nov. 7, 1922):
1926-1927 George E. Smith (D) (died Jan. 24, 1927)
1927 Russell E. Lighter (D)
1927-1929 Charles E. Butts (D) (died June 1, 1929)
1929-1930 Charles E. V. Myers (D)
1930-1934 Melvin F. Shepley (R)
1934-1938 John Hershberger (D)
1938-1946 Roy L. Leatherman (R)
1946-1956 Harry D. Radcliff (R)

Elected by Voters to 4-year terms (Constitution of 1867, Art. IV, sec. 41, amended by Chapter 99, Acts of 1956, ratified Nov. 6, 1956):
1956-1958 Harry D. Radcliff (R)
1958-1990 Thomas M. Eichelberger (D)
1990-2013 Virginia P. Fifer (R) (died Oct. 26, 2013)
2014- Sharon Keller (R)

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