Governor of Maryland Parris N. Glendening (left) with President of the Senate Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. (right) at dedication of statue of Louis L. Goldstein, Comptroller of Maryland from 1959 - 1998.
Governor of Maryland Parris N. Glendening (left), with Louisa Goldstein and Philip Goldstein, children of Louis L. Goldstein, and Mrs. Philip Goldstein
Louis L. Goldstein, 1913 - 1998
Louis L. Goldstein was Comptroller of Maryland from 1959 until his death in 1998 at the age of 85. He began his career in public service in the House of Delegates in 1939. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II, he returned to his native Calvert County, Maryland and was elected to the Maryland Senate, in which he served from 1947 until 1958. He was its president from 1955 - 1958. At the time of his death, Comptroller Goldstein was the longest serving public official in Maryland and in the United States. In addition to his role as Comptroller of the state, Goldstein was also the Chairman of the Hall of Records Commission that oversees the State Archives and was Chair of the Board of Visitors and Governors of his alma mater, Washington College.
Comptroller Goldstein was renowned for his fiscal management which resulted in Maryland having a AAA bond rating. Even more, he was beloved for his friendly, folksy manner, his ability to remember names and faces, and his love of Maryland and its people and its history. He was a legend in the state and was famous for his greeting "God bless you all real good," as well as for the gold coins with that saying that he handed out to everyone he met. One of those gold coins was placed under the statue when during its installation.
The statue of Comptroller Goldstein was created by Maryland sculptor Jay Hall Carpenter. Carpenter was selected by a committee of the Maryland Commission on Artistic Property of the Maryland State Archives after a state-wide call for entries in 1998.
Program for Dedication Ceremony, April 3, 2002
The statue of Louis L. Goldstein is property
of the Maryland Commission on Artistic Property of the Maryland State Archives
MSA SC 1545-7033
Photographs courtesy of Dick Tomlinson, Governor's