SOMERSET COUNTY, MARYLAND

JUDICIAL BRANCH

SHERIFFS


Appointed by Governor to 1-year terms:
1666-1668 Stephen Horsey
1668-1669 George Johnson
1669-1671 Randall Revell
1671 Thomas Walker
1672 Thomas Jones
1673-1676 William Coleborn
1676-1677 Thomas Walker
1677-1679
1679-1683 John White
1683-1689 Francis Jenkins
1689 William Whitington (discharged)
1690-1693 Stephen Luffe
1693-1694 Ephraim Wilson
1695-1698 William Whitington
1698-1701 John West
1702
1703-1704 John Cornish
1704-1706 William Whitington
1707-1710 John Bozman
1710-1713 Thomas Dashiell
1713 Benjamin Wailes

1716-1719 Thomas Dashiell

1721-1722 Robert Martin
1723-1725 Joseph McClester
1725-1728 Francis Allen
1728-1731 John Purnell
1732 Joshua Caldwell
1733
1734-1737 Joseph McClester

1746-1749 John Dennis

1755-1758 William Allen
1758-1761 John Dennis
1762-1763 Ephraim Wilson
1764-1767 Thomas Dashiell
1768 Isaac Coulbourn
1769
1770-1773 George Dashiell
1773-1775 Josiah Dashiell
1776-1777 Caleb Jones

Elected by Voters to 3-year terms (Constitution of 1776, sec. 42):
1777-1779 William Gillis
1779-1782 James Haynie
1782-1785 Lambert Hyland
1785-1788 Salathiel Griffith
1788-1791 John Leatherbury
1791-1794 George Robertson
1794-1797 Levin Ballard
1797-1800 George Handy
1800-1803 John Wilkins (F)
1803-1806 Robert Leatherbury (F)
1806-1809 Daniel Ballard (F)
1809-1812 Mathias Dashiel (F)
1812-1815 William Waller (F)
1815-1818 William S. Handy (F)
1818-1821 George Dashiell
1821-1824 Charles Jones (R)
1824-1827 Robert Stewart
1827-1830
1830-1833
1833-1836
1836-1839 Joshua W. Phillips
1839-1841
1841-1844
1844-1847 John B. Slemmons [Slemons]
1847-1851 John Curtis

Elected by Voters to 2-year terms (Constitution of 1851, Art. IV, sec. 20):
1851-1855 Samuel S. Boggs
1855-1857
1857-1859 Joshua W. Phillips
1859-1861 Thomas Sudler (A)
1861-1863
1863-1865 William H. Roach

Elected by Voters to 2-year terms (Constitution of 1864, Art. IV, sec. 49):
1865-1867

Elected by Voters to 2-year terms (Constitution of 1867, Art. IV, sec. 44):
1867-1869
1869-1871
1871-1873
1873-1875 Benjamin F. Lankford (R)
1875-1877
1877-1879 Hance Lawson
1879-1881 George W. Long
1881-1883
1883-1885 T. Benjamin Green
1885-1887
1887-1889 George W. Long
1889-1891 O. T. Beauchamp
1891-1893


[photo, William Jerome Sterling, Sr., Sheriff, Somerset County, Maryland, 1893-95] 1893-1895 William Jerome Sterling, Sr. (R)
1895-1897 L. Cleveland Nelson
1897-1899 Franklin E. Cox
1899-1901 James H. Cullen
1901-1903 Lewis W. Pusey (D)
1903-1905 Charles A. Miller
1905-1907 George W. Brown
1907-1909 Sidney Upshur Long (D)
1909-1911 William J. Phillips (D)
1911-1913 Harding P. Tull (D)

William Jerome Sterling, Sr., Sheriff, Somerset County, Maryland, 1893-95. Photo courtesy of Robert Purnell.


1913-1915 Elwood Sterling
1915-1917 John E. Pruitt
1917-1921 Derrick K. Lawson
1921-1923 Charles S. Dryden
1923-1926 Luther Daugherty

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 Alonzo L. Murrell
1930-1934 Luther Daugherty
1934-1938 William H. Dryden
1938-1942 I. Fred Phoebus (R)
1942-1946 Murray E. Ward (R)

Elected by Voters to 4-year terms (Constitution of 1867, Art. IV, sec. 44, amended by Chapter 786, Acts of 1945, ratified Nov. 5, 1946):
1946-1950 Woodland Jackson
1950-1954 Murray E. Ward
1954-1970 Isaac H. Dorsey
1970-1982 Thomas H. Foxwell, Jr.
1982-1986 Thomas A. Windsor
1986-2014 Robert N. Jones (D)
2014- Ronald Howard (D)

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