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Easton—lumber, coal, phosphate, steamboating and insur-
ance—which is still conducted under firm name Robert B.
Dixon & Co. He also later took an active interest in many
local enterprises, and became director in a number in various
parts of the State. At the present time he is President of
the Easton National Bank, the oldest and largest financial
institution on the Eastern Shore, also Treasurer Working-
men's Permanent B. and L. Association, President Easton
Furniture Company, Treasurer Easton Water Company,
Treasurer Easton Ice Company, Director B. C. A. R. R. Co.,
Director U. S. Fidelity and Deposit Company, also Mutual
Fire Insurance Company of Montgomery County and others.
In politics he is a Republican, but not a partisan, desiring
to secure the very best men for office.
He is a member of the Society of Friends, his ancestors on
both father's and mother's side for over two centuries being
consistent members thereof.
In 1861 he married Miss Amanda Amoss, of near Belair.
They have four daughters and two sons—three daughters and
one son married.
In 1886 he was elected to the House of Delegates, the only
political position he ever held.
Washington County—B. ABNER BETTS, Democrat.
Mr. Betts was born January 8, 1832. After a year and a
half of service in the store of Mr. A. B. Barnhart he returned
home and entered his father's store, clerking in summer and
going to school in winter. At the age of twenty he purchased
a half interest in the business, and later engaged in the grain
and fertilizer business. In 1889 Mr. Betts was elected a
County Commissioner, being the only Democrat elected on
the ticket that year. In 1891 he was elected a director of the
Western Maryland Railroad, serving four years, and is now a
director in the Baltimore and Cumberland Valley Branch. In
1895 hs again received the nomination for County Commis-
sioner, but was defeated. In 1897 he was elected a member
of the Maryland Legislature. He is a member of the Masonic
Wicomico County—MARION VERNON BREWINGTON, Democrat.
Mr. Brewington was born in Salisbury December 26, 1866.
His great-grandfather, William Brewington, had the honor of
being with Washington at Valley Forge. Mr. Brewington
was educated at the public schools at Salisbury, and entered
the printing business when he was seventeen years old.