Archives of Maryland
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Barnes Compton (1830-1898)
MSA SC 3520-1545


Born Port Tobacco, MD, November 16, 1830

Died Laurel, MD, December 2, 1898

Family Son of William Penn and Mary Clarissa (Bond Barnes) Compton

Married Margaret Holliday Sothoron of St. Mary's County (born April 1838) , October 26, 1858

Children Mary Barnes (born September 1859), John Henry Sothoron (born July 1861), Key (born May 1863), William Penn (August 1865), Elizabeth Somervell (born 1871), and Barnes (born October 1874)

Religious Affiliation Episcopalian-St. Philip’s Protestant Episcopal Church, Laurel, MD

Political Affiliation Whig in 1855, Democrat afterwards and through rest of life

Military Service Naval officer port of Baltimore, 1893-1897

Education Charles County District School No. 7; Charlotte Hall Military Academy; graduated with A.B. from Princeton College, 1851

Maryland Politics MD House of Delegates, 1860-61; State Senator, 1867-1873; President of the Senate, 1868-1871; State Tobacco Inspector, 1873-1874; State Treasurer, 1874-1885

National Politics elected as Democrat to 49th, 50th, 51st Congresses; served March 1885-March 1891 (election to 51st Congress successfully contested by Sydney E. Mudd); elected to 52nd, 53rd Congresses; served March 1891-March 1895

Other Positions Trustee of Charlotte Hall Academy; Trustee of School Commission of Charles County; Trustee of Maryland Insane Asylum; Director of Citizens National Bank of Baltimore, 1890-1898; President of Guarantee Building and Loan Association of Baltimore, 1898

Member University Club of Baltimore, Sons of the American Revolution

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