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manufacturer of the deep water oyster tongs, that are now
in general use in the waters of Maryland and Virginia.
During the years 1896 and 1897 he was a member of the
county school board. He was elected to the State Senate
Carroll County—JOSHUA W. HERING, Democrat.
Dr. Hering was born in Frederick county in 1833. He
studied medicine and graduated from the Maryland Univer-
sity in 1855. In 1867 he was elected cashier of the Union
National Bank of Westminster, with which institution he is
still connected. He was one of the founders of the Western
Maryland College. • Dr. Hering is a prominent member of
the Methodist Protestant Church. He was elected to the
State Senate in 1895 and served during the sessions of 1896
Caroline County—ROBERT M. MESSICK, Republican.
Mr. Messick was born in Delaware in 1842. On the
death of his parents, at the age of twelve years, he moved
to Caroline county, Maryland. He was postmaster at
Williston under Lincoln's first administration. He is at
present engaged in the canning business near Bethlehem.
He was elected to the State Senate in 1897.
Cecil County—AUSTIN L. CROTHERS, Democrat.
Mr. Crothers was born near Conowingo, Cecil county,
in 1860. He was educated in the public schools and at
West Nottingham Academy. He taught school for a time
in Cecil county and subsequently entered the law depart-
ment of the University of Maryland, whence he graduated
in 1890. He served one term as State's Attorney for Cecil
county. In 1897 he was elected to the State Senate.
Charles County—GEORGE T. C. GRAY, Republican.
Mr. Gray was born in Charles county in 1855. He was
educated at the public schools and afterwards engaged in
farming and merchandising. Mr. Gray was a member of
the Board of County Commissioners in 1895, and was
chosen president of the Board. In 1897 Mr. Gray was
elected to the State Senate.