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bia; Arthur H. S., merchant and farmer; and Ernest Pendle-
ton Magruder, Surgeon, Unit No. 2 Red Cross, District of
Columbia, who passed away April, 1915, during the typhus
epidemic at Belgrade, Serbia.

State Treasurer. JOHN M. DENNIS (Democrat), Riderwood.

John M. Dennis was born February 23, 1866, at Fred-
erick, Maryland. He is the son of the late Colonel George
Robertson Dennis and Fanny McPherson Dennis. Colonel
George Robertson Dennis was born on a farm named "Es-
sex," in Somerset County, Maryland, March 16th, 1831, he
being a direct descendant of John Dennis who sailed from
Gravesend, England, July, 1638, at the age of 22 years, in
the ship Merchants Hope. He settled in Accomac County,
Virginia, married and had several children, as appears by
his will on record in the Northampton County Court House.
His son, Donnock Dennis, was born in 1645, moved to Mary-
land and settled in Somerset County. Colonel George Rob-
ertson Dennis in early life was engaged in farming and in
later years was elected President of the Central National
Bank of Frederick. In protecting the property of the Bal-
timore and Ohio Railroad he became a warm personal friend
of the late John W. Garrett and was a director in the Bal-
timore and Ohio Railroad Company from 1862 until his
death in 1902. The mother of John M. Dennis is Fanny
McPherson Dennis, whose mother was a granddaughter of
the late Governor Thomas Johnson, the first Governor of
Maryland in the year 1877.

John M. Dennis was educated in the public schools of
Frederick County and for two years attended Milton Acad-
emy at Philopolis, Baltimore County, Maryland. At six-
teen years of age he left Maryland and was employed by the
C. W. & B. Railroad Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, and re-
mained West in different railroad positions until June, 1890,
when he returned to Baltimore and formed a connection
with the firm of Tate, Muller & Company, grain merchants,
which was succeeded by the firm of Louis Muller & Company,
of which Mr. Dennis became President and remained Presi-
dent until December 1st, 1914, when he was elected Presi-
dent of the Union Trust Company of Maryland, Baltimore.

In 1899 Mr. Dennis married Mary Chiles, of Independ-
ence, Jackson County, Missouri. He has two children—
John McPherson Dennis, Jr., and Mary Frances Dennis.
Mr. Dennis is a large land owner in Frederick County and
also in Baltimore County, where he resides on his farm near


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