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William B. Clagett (1854-1911)
MSA SC 3520-1573


Born near Upper Marlboro, Prince George's County, August 12 or 13, 1854, son of Charles Clagett and Mary (Mullikin) Clagett.  Educated by private tutors; attended Markham School, Virginia; University of Virginia.  Married first wife Kate Croswell Duckett (1857-1906) on December 3, 1883; children Marguerite, Rachel, Louise, Charles, and William B., Jr.  Married second wife Estelle Noble Keiholtz (d. 1933) c. 1909; son Charles.  Died of Bright's disease in Buffalo Lithia Springs, Virginia, July 25, 1911.  Buried in Trinity Protestant Episcopal Church Cemetery, Upper Marlboro.

William Baruch Clagett was a farmer in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.  His farm, "Navajo," is operating today by the eleventh generation of the family.  In 1892, Governor Frank Brown appointed Clagett tobacco inspector.  He was also a candidate for clerk of the circuit court of Prince George's County and was chair of the Democratic State Central Committee.  He was elected state senator from Prince George's County  in 1897 and served from 1898 to 1901 and again from 1906 to 1910.  In June, 1910, he was appointed comptroller of the treasury by Governor Austin L. Crothers to replace Joshua W. Hering who had been appointed to the Public Service Commission.  As comptroller, Clagett was also a member of the Board of Public Works.  He died in office of Bright's disease on July 25, 1911.   Clagett was also a vestryman at Trinity Protestant Episcopal Church, Upper Marlboro, where his body was interred.

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