Archives of Maryland
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Howard District[1] and Howard County
Court Clerks

1840-1844 John L. Moore
1844-1847 James A. Frosh
1847-1850 Edwin P. Hayden
1850-1857 William H. Worthington
1857-1873 William W. Watkins
1873-1888 Lewis J. Watkins
1888-1895 John H. Owings
1895-1896 Augustus C. Rhodes
1896-1903 John H. Owings
1903-1915 William W.L. Cissel
1915-1927 Hart B. Noll
1927-1932 Howard S. Kuhn2
1932-1946 Benjamin Mellor, Jr.
1946-1954 Milton W. Baxley
1954-1962 Roby H. Mullinix
1962-1969 W. Harvey Hill
1969-1990 C. Merritt Pumphrey
1990-2012 Margaret D. Rappaport
2012-present Wayne A. Robey

1. Howard District was created from Anne Arundel County by Chapter 22, Acts of 1838 (confirmed by Chapter 49, Acts of 1839; further authorized by Chapter 98, Acts of 1839). Although it had no representation in the General Assembly, the District had the status of a county, with its own court, sheriff, register of wills, and other county officers. It officially was formed as a county in 1851 (Constitution of 1851, Art. VIII, sec. I).

2. Kuhn died January 2, 1932, and was succeeded by Mellor, who was later elected to a full term.

Warfield, J. D. The Founders of Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, Maryland. 1905. Reprint, Westminster, MD: Family Line Publications, 1990.
Maryland Manual.
HOWARD DISTRICT COURT (Test Book) 1840-1851 [MSA C1013]
HOWARD COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT (Test Book) 1851-1907 [MSA C1014
HOWARD DISTRICT COURT (Minutes) 1840-1851 [MSA C1001]
HOWARD COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT (Minutes) 1851-1933 [MSA C1002]

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