Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Joshua Vansant (1803-1884)
MSA SC 3520-2148

Biographical profile:

Born:  December 31, 1803 in Millington, Kent County1
Died:  April 8, 1884 in Baltimore City; buried in Greenmount Cemetery, Baltimore2
Father:  Joshua Vansant3
Mother:  Ann (Davis) Vansant4
Marriage:  January 24, 1824 to Mary Ann Menzies5
Children:  Joshua, Jr,; James Menzies; Joseph; Margaret Ann; Louisa B; Emma6
Religious Affiliation:  Presbyterian7
Education:  attended common schools, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, ca. 18128
                    Hatmaker, Baltimore, 1817-35
                    Postmaster, Baltimore, 1839-41
                    Trustee, city and county almshouse, Baltimore, 1847-53, 1861
                    Member, Board of Trustees, McDonough Educational Fund and Institution, 1867-71; President, 18719
Political Affiliation:  Democrat10
Maryland Politics:
                    Maryland Senate elector, Baltimore City, 1836
                    State Director, Mechanics Bank, 1843
                    House of Delegates, Baltimore City, 1845
                    Commissioner, Baltimore City Finances, 1846-55
                    State Director, Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company, 1852-54
                    Commissioner of Public Schools, Baltimore, 1852-54; president, 1854
                    Director and later president, Maryland State Penitentiary, 1867-69
                    Delegate, 1867 Constitutional Convention, Baltimore City
                    Member and later president of the Board, Bay View Asylum, 1868-70
                    Mayor, Baltimore City, 1871-75
                    Comptroller, Baltimore City, 1876-8411
National Politics:
                    U.S. Representative, 3rd District, 33rd Congress, 1853-55
                    Presidential Elector, Baltimore City, 186012

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