Archives of Maryland
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John Carroll LeGrand (1814-1861)
MSA SC 3520-1623


Born in Baltimore, 1814.  Son of Samuel D. LeGrand.  Attended private schools; studied law under James M. Buchanan.  Admitted to the bar c. 1837.  Roman Catholic.  Unmarried.  Resided on St. Paul Street, Baltimore.  Died 28 December 1861.  Buried in Greenmount Cemetery.

Member, House of Delegates, Baltimore City, 1839-41.  Speaker of the House, 1841.  Maryland secretary of state, 1842-44.  Author, Oration on the Landing of the Pilgrims of Maryland, 10 May 1843.  Associate Judge, Sixth Judicial Circuit of Maryland, 1844-1851.  Chief Judge, Maryland Court of Appeals, 1851-61.  Defeated for reelection to the court in 1861 by a Unionist candidate, Silas Morris Cochran of Baltimore City, after publishing an open letter to the Baltimore Sun of January 14, 1861, calling on the state to secede from the Union.

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