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Thomas Jennings (c. 1736-1796)
MSA SC 3520-732


Born c. 1736, probably in England.  Studied law in England with James Best.  Immigrated c. 1759 as a free adult.  Resided in Annapolis by 1772, and in the Paca House on Prince George Street from 1780 until his death in 1796.  Married Juliana; children Thomas, George, William, John, Daniel, Horner, Horatio, Ann (1761-1830, m. Nicholas Carroll), Juliana (born c. 1764; m. James Brice), Elizabeth.  Died December 10, 1796.

Lawyer admitted to the Mayor's Court (Annapolis) and the Frederick, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Charles, and Prince George's counties courts as well as the Provincial Court and the Court of Chancery.  Anglican; member of St. Anne's Parish, Annapolis.  Member of the board of St. John's College, 1786-96.  "Poet laureate" of the Homony Club.  Common councilman, Annapolis, 1767-79.  Lower House, Frederick County, 1768.  Attorney general of the province of Maryland, 1768-76.  Mayor of Annapolis, 1771-72.  Member of the Senate, Western Shore, 1776-81; 1778-79.  Judge, Anne Arundel County Orphans' Court, 1791
Member of the Tuesday Club, Annapolis, 1748-56.

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