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Jeremiah Townley Chase (1748-1828)
MSA SC 3520-234


Born in St. Paul's Parish, Baltimore County, May 23, 1748.  Only son of Rev. Richard Chase and Catherine Chase.  Married Hester Baldwin on June 24, 1779  Children:  Richard Moale; Frances Townly; Hester Ann; Matilda; Catherine.  Anglican.  Studied under his guardian and great-uncle Rev. Thomas Chase; probably studied law in Annapolis under his second cousin Samuel Chase.  Admitted to practice law in the Anne Arundel County Court, 1771.  Resided in Annapolis and Baltimore County.  Died in Annapolis, May 11, 1828.  Buried in St. Anne's Cemetery, Annapolis.

Prosecutor, Annapolis Mayor's Court, 1772-73.  Member, Committee of Correspondence, Baltimore County 1774; Committee of Observation, Baltimore Town, 1774.  Enlisted as a private in the Maryland Militia, 1775.  Delegate from Baltimore City to Conventions of 1775-76, 1776, 1777-79.  Member of Governor's Council, 1779-83, 1785-88.  Alderman, Annapolis, 1781-91.  Mayor of the City of Annapolis, 1783-84.  Delegate to the Continental Congress, 1783-84.  Maryland Senate elector, Anne Arundel County, 1796.  Judge, General Court, 1789-1805.  Chief Judge, Third Judicial District and the Maryland Court of Appeals, 1806-24.  Delegate from Anne Arundel County to Ratification Convention, 1788.

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