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Richard C. Hollyday (1810-1885)
MSA SC 3520-1838

Born October 1, 1810 at "Ratcliffe Manor," near Easton, Talbot County.  Son of Henry and Ann Hollyday.  Attended Easton Academy; graduated Princeton College, 1827.  Studied history and literature, 1828.  Studied law under John Leeds Kerr in Easton and William Carmichael in Centreville.  Admitted to the Maryland bar, 1834.  Married Marietta F. Powell on November 25, 1858; three children:  Richard Carmichael Hollyday, II (b. 1859); Ann Holmes Hollyday (1861-64); Marietta Powell Hollyday.  Resided in Cumberland, Elkton, and at "Ratcliffe" until his death.  Died January 18, 1885.

Law practice in Easton, Cumberland, and Elkton, 1834 to the 1860s and probably beyond.  House of Delegates, Cecil County, 1844-46.  Member of Constitutional Convention, Talbot County, 1867.  Clerk of the Cecil Court, 1849-51.  Maryland secretary of state, 1848-49; 1869-72; 1873-80; March 28-early May 1884.  Resigned in May 1884 due to poor health.

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