Archives of Maryland
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George L. Radcliffe (1877-1974)
MSA SC 3520-2113


Born August 22, 1877 at "Spocott Farm," Lloyds, Dorchester County.  Son of  John Anthony Lecompte Radcliffe and Sophie D. (Travers) Radcliffe.  Attended public schools; graduated, Cambridge Seminary, Dorchester County, 1893; The Johns Hopkins University, B.A., 1897, history and political science, Ph.D., 1900, history; Ph.D. thesis:  "Governor Hicks of Maryland and the Civil War;" University of Maryland Law School, LL.B., 1903.  Admitted to the bar, 1903.  Episcopalian.  Married Mary McKim Marriott on June 6, 1906.  One child, George Marriott (June 9, 1919-March 13, 2009).  Died July 29, 1974 in Baltimore; buried in Cambridge Cemetery, Dorchester County.

Principal, Cambridge Seminary, 1900-01.  History teacher, Baltimore City College, 1901-02.  Attorney, American Bonding Company, 1903-04; 2nd vice president, 1906-14; president, 1914-30; director, 1930-51.  1st vice president, director and member of the executive committee, Fidelity & Deposit Company
Director, Fidelity Trust Company.  Director, Title Guarantee & Trust Company.  Director, Baltimore Trust Company.  Chair, alumni reunion, The Johns Hopkins University, 1908.  Organizer, Alumni Council, The Johns Hopkins University, 1909; Member and secretary, Alumni Council, 1909-1919.  President, General Alumni Association, The Johns Hopkins University, c. 1910-1918.  Participated in the creation of a graduate school of international relations, The Johns Hopkins University.  Member, General Executive Committee, The Johns Hopkins University,  Campaign for endowment, 1910.  Member, Liquor Licensing Commission, Baltimore, 1916-19.  Member, Liberty Loan Committee, World War I.  Member, Red Cross Committee, World War I.  Associate Director, Bureau of Personnel, American Red Cross, 1917-18.  Member, Maryland State Council of Defense, World War I; Chair, Historical Division.  Treasurer, Maryland Branch of the League to Enforce Peace, World War I.  Maryland secretary of state, 1919-20.  Chair, Democratic Campaign Committee, 1932, 1934, 1936.  Described by Robert J. Brugger as a "personal friend" of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  Regional Advisor, Federal Emergency Administration for states of Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Washington, D.C., appointed 1934.  Public Works Administration (PWA) Administrator for Maryland, early 1930s.  Under Radcliffe's leadership, the pace of state planning increased; projects included the building of the Susquehanna and Potomac River bridges as well as the building of repair of school buildings throughout Maryland and buildings at the University of Maryland, College Park.  Delegate, Democratic State Conventions, 1936, 1940, 1944.  U.S. Senator 1935-47.  Director, Baltimore Contractors, 1951-74.  Chairman, Civil War Centennial Commission, 1961-65.  Member, Maryland Historical Society, 1908-74; secretary, 1911-31, president, 1931-65, chairman, 1965-74.  Member, American, Maryland State and Baltimore Bar Associations.  Member and president, Eastern Shore Society.  Member, University Club, Johns Hopkins Club, Maryland Club, Merchants Club, Bachelors Cotillon, Baltimore Country Club, and Jefferson Island Club.

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