SOMERSET COUNTY, MARYLAND

CIRCUIT COURT

CLERKS


[photo, Somerset County Courthouse, 30512 Prince William St., Princess Anne, Maryland]
  • Circuit Court Clerks
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  • Somerset County Courthouse, 30512 Prince William St., Princess Anne, Maryland, November 2011. Photo by David H. Armenti.


    COUNTY COURT CLERKS

    Appointed by Secretary in Maryland:
    1666-1688 Edmund Beauchamp (displaced)
    1688-1689 William Aylward (forced out by Protestant Associators)

    Appointed by act of Convention:
    1689-1691 Edmund Beauchamp (died Sept. 26, 1691)

    Appointed by County Court:
    1691-1692 John West

    Appointed by Secretary in Maryland:
    1692-1697 John West (resigned)
    1697-1705 Peter Dent (displaced)
    1705-1723 Alexander Hall (resigned)
    1723-1749 Thomas Hayward, Sr.
    1749-1777 Thomas Hayward, Jr.

    Appointed by County Court Justices (Constitution of 1776, sec. 47):
    1777-1793 Thomas Hayward, Jr.
    1793-1807 William Done
    1807-1813
    1813-1815
    1815-1822 John Done
    1822-1839 George Handy

    Appointed by Governor to 7-year terms (Chapter 224, Acts of 1836, confirmed by Chapter 160, Acts of 1837):
    1839-1844 Levin Handy (resigned)
    1845-1851 William T. G. Polk

    CIRCUIT COURT CLERKS

    Elected by Voters to 6-year terms (Constitution of 1851, Art. IV, sec. 14):
    1851-1865 Levin Woolford (D)

    Elected by Voters to 6-year terms (Constitution of 1864, Art. IV, sec. 29):
    1865-1867 Levin Woolford (D)

    Elected by Voters to 6-year terms (Constitution of 1867, Art. IV, sec. 25):
    1867-1869 Levin Woolford (D)
    1870-1877 Levin L. Waters (D)
    1877-1879 Levin L. Waters, Jr.
    1879-1885 Benjamin F. Lankford
    1885-1897 H. Fillmore Lankford
    1897-1907 Oliver T. Beauchamp
    1907-1913 Stephen F. Dashiell
    1913-1926 W. Jerome Sterling

    Elected by Voters to 4-year terms (Constitution of 1867, Art. XVII, added by Chapter 227, Acts of 1922, ratified Nov. 7, 1922):
    1926-1930 George W. Lawson
    1930-1938 J. Millard Tawes (D)
    1938-1957 Benjamin Lankford Barnes (D) (died Oct. 1957)
    1957-1958 Grace J. Barnes (D)

    Elected by Voters to 4-year terms (Constitution of 1867, Art. IV, sec. 25, amended by Chapter 99, Acts of 1956, ratified Nov. 6, 1956):
    1958-1964 Grace J. Barnes (D)
    1964-2014
    I. Theodore Phoebus (R)
    2014- Charles T. Horner (R)

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