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James R. Partridge (1823-1884)
MSA SC 3520-1814


Born 1823 in Baltimore.  Son of Eaton R. and Susan Partridge.  Attended Harvard College, A.B., 1841; Harvard Law School, LL.B., 1843.  Married Mary Baltzell, October 21, 1847; two children.  Died February 24, 1884 in Alicante, Spain.

Member, House of Delegates, Baltimore County, 1856.  Chair, Standing Committee on Judiciary.  Member, Standing Committees on Federal Relations; on Rules.  Member, Joint Conference Committee to Revise, Simplify, and Abridge the Rules of Practice Pleadings and Forms of Conveyance and Proceedings of the Courts of Record in this State.  Maryland secretary of state, 1858-61.  Director (for the state), Annapolis and Elk Ridge Railroad, 1859.  Unionist who published an appeal to Washington to distribute arms from state arsenals among Union supporters.  Commissioner to the Exhibit of the Industries of All Nations, London, 1862.  Minister to Honduras, 1862-63.  Minister Resident to El Salvador, 1863-66.  Minister to Venezuela, 1869-70.  Minister to Brazil, 1871-77.  Appointed to diplomatic mission to negotiate peace between Peru and Chile, 1882-83.

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