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managed his father's farm for two years. He then studied
law under the late John H. Mitchell, and was admitted to the
bar in 1900. He graduated at the University of Maryland
DORCHESTER COUNTY— Four Members.
TILGHMAN R. HACKETT, Democrat.
Mr. Hackett is a democrat from a family of democrats, but
has never before had political aspirations. He is a merchant
and also engaged in the timber and boating business. He is
a native of Dorchester County and was born in 1863.
JAMES S. SHEPHERD, Democrat.
James S. Shepherd was born March 28, 1858, in Dorchester
County, near Cambridge. He was educated at the Cam- '
bridge Academy and St. John's College, Annapolis. When
eighteen he entered the office of Sewell T. Milbourne, Esq.,
as a law student, and was admitted to the Dorchester bar in
1879, and one year later to that of the Court of Appeals. He
has not, however, devoted himself to the active practice of
law. He was for some time clerk in the l,and Office, and for
nine years has been the chief deputy clerk of the Circuit
Court for Dorchester County, a position he now occupies.
He bears the reputation of being a careful and painstaking
JOHN A. BAKER, Democrat.
Mr. Baker is thirty-six years old and has always resided in
Dorchester County. By his genial disposition, firmness of
character and loyalty to his party he has won the perfect con-
fidence of his constituents.
BENJAMIN J. LINTHICUM, Democrat.
Mr. Linthicum resides at Church Creek, where he has ex-
tensive business interests. He was a member of the House
in 1898 and again in 1900. He was largely instrumental in
killing that provision of the assessment law which required an
assessment of personal property every two years. He is
thoroughly conservative and considers all questions before
acting. He was a member of the Printing Committee in 1898.