Archives of Maryland
Historical List
General Assembly of 1778 - 1779

First Session: October 19, 1778 - December 15, 17781
Second Session: March 2, 1779 - March 25, 17792
Third Session: July 15, 1779 - August 15, 17793

Source:
Edward C. Papenfuse, et al., Archives of Maryland, Historical List, new series, Vol. 1. Annapolis, MD: Maryland State Archives, 1990.
Edward C. Papenfuse, et al., A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature, 1635-1789, Vols. 1&2.  Annapolis, MD: Maryland State
Archives, 1985.

a - appointed; d - died; dcl - declined; dns - did not serve; ds - dismissed; e - elected; ev - election voided;
pres - president of the Senate; pres p. t. - president pro tem of the Senate; psa - post-session appointment; psd - post-session death;
psr - post-session resignation; r - resigned; s - suspended; spkr - speaker of the House; spkr p.t. - speaker pro tem of the House;
(D) - Democrat; (R) - Republican.

Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, President of the Senate
William Fitzhugh, Speaker of the House
Senate
Western Shore
Eastern Shore
George Plater
Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, pres
Charles Carroll, barrister
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Thomas Stone
Brice T. B. Worthington
Thomas Contee, dns, r-1
Charles Grahame, dns, d-3
Thomas Jennings, r-3
Richard Barnes, e-1
Andrew Buchanan, e-3, dcl
Joseph Sim, e-3
Upton Sheredine, e-3, dns
Matthew Tilghman
Joseph Nicholson, Jr.
Robert Goldsborough
Turbett Wright, dns, r-1
Samuel Wilson
William Hindman
William Paca, e-2
 
 
 
 

 


 
 
House of Delegates
Annapolis
Allen Quynn
John Brice, r-3
Samuel Chase, e-3
Anne Arundel County
Nicholas Worthington
John Hall
Nicholas Maccubbin, Jr.
Henry Ridgely
Baltimore Town
John Smith
Jeremiah Townley Chase
Baltimore County
Thomas Cockey Deye
John Stevenson
Charles Ridgely, Sr.
Rezin Hammond
Calvert County
William Fitzhugh, spkr
Edward Reynolds
Samuel Chew
John Mackall IV, ds-14
Thomas Mackall
Caroline County
Richard Mason
William Keene
Benson Stainton
Matthew Driver, dns, ds-15
Nathanial Potter, e-1
Cecil County
John Veazy
John Ward
Archibald Job
James Evans
Charles County
Warren Dent
Joseph Hanson Harrison
Samuel Hanson, Jr.
John Digges
Dorchester County
John Smoot
John Henry, Jr., dns
Thomas Firmin Eccleston
James Woolford
Frederick County
John Hanson
Adam Fisher
William Murdock Beall
John Ross Key
Harford County
Henry Wilson, Jr.
James McComas, ds-1, 16
William Bond, of Joshua
Benjamin Bradford Norris
Kent County
Peregrine Lethrbury
Richard Gresham
James Lloyd
John Lambert Wilmer
Montgomery County
William Bayly
Thomas Cramphin, Jr.
Richard Crabb
Edward Burgess
Prince George's County
Josiah Beall
Thomas Gantt, Jr.
Walter Bowie
Jeremiah Magurder
Queen Anne's County
William Bruff
John Brown
Richard Bennett Carmichael
James Bordley
St. Mary's County
Athanasius Ford
Nicholas Lewis Sewell
John Allen Thomas
John Mackall
Somerset County
Thomas Maddux
Josiah Polk
Henry Jackson
William Strawbridge
Talbot County
Robert Goldsborough IV
Howes Goldsborough
Thomas Sherwood, r-1
John Stevens, ev-17
John Gibson, e-17
William Goldsborough, e-2
Washington County
Joseph Sprigg
John Barnes
Samuel Hughes
Henry Schnebeley
Worcester County
Peter Chaille
Thomas Purnell, of John
Oughten Sturgis
Josiah Mitchell

1. The governor convened the General Assembly on October 19, 1778. Recorded proceedings for the Senate begin on October 29, and for the House on October 26.
2. The governor convened the General Assembly on March 2, 1779. Recorded proceedings for both the Senate and the House begin on March 9.
3. The governor convened the General Assembly on July 15, 1779. Recorded proceedings for the Senate begin on July 20, and for the House on July 22.
4. Mackall was discharged on October 28, 1778, because he was not a resident of Calvert County at the time of his election.
5. According to information supplied by the sitting members from Caroline County, Matthew Driver "desired the people not to elect him, for that he was a field officer and would not resign his commission, and consequently could not serve them." Driver was discharged on October 28, 1778.
6. The House determined that James McComas was ineligible for a seat because he had not resigned his colonel's commission until the third day of the election. He was discharged on October 30, 1778, but was reelected and returned on November 25.
7. John Stevens was declared illegally elected on November 7, 1778, because of improper procedures by the sheriff. According to information given by John Gibson, the sheriff had "struck out the names of several voters who voted for the said Gibson," and "permitted a number of persons to vote . . . who had not taken the (prescribed) oath." The House ordered the sheriff to erase the name of John Stevens from his election return and insert the name of John Gibson.

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