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Ezekial Forman Chambers
MSA SC 3520-1989


Born February 28, 1788 in Chestertown, Maryland, Kent County.  Son of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Forman) Chambers.  Attended Washington College, Chestertown, graduated 1805; studied law under James Houston.  Admitted to the bar, 1809.  Married Sarah J. Bowers on February 11, 1817 (divorced February 9, 1836); children James B., Laura, Caroline, Elizabeth Augusta, Sarah Maria Louise, Helen, Mary Clare.  Episcopalian.  Died January 30, 1867 in Chestertown.

Served as a captain in the 21st regiment, Kent County, 1809-1814; commended for bravery in battle of Caulks Field, 1814 and attained the rank of brigadier general.  Attorney in private practice, Chestertown.  Senate, Eastern Shore (Whig), 1821-25 (resigned).  Member, Board of Public Works, 1825-28.  U.S. Senate (elected to fill vacancy), February, 1826-December 20, 1834 (resigned).  Judge, Maryland Court of Appeals, 1834-51; chief judge, 2nd District of Maryland, 1834-51.  President, Board of Trustees, Washington College, 1843-67.  Delegate from Kent County to the 1850 and 1864 constitutional conventions of Maryland.

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