Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

George Calvert (1567/79-1632)
First Lord Baltimore
MSA SC 3520-2167

Born: 1578/79 at Kipling, in Yorkshire, England.
Resided: England; never traveled to Maryland.
Died: April 15, 1632.

Family Background:
Father: Leonard Calvert.
Mother: Grace Crossland.
Married: Anne Mynne (1579-1622) on November 22, 1604 at St. Peter's Church, Cornhill in London. Married second wife Joan after 1621.

Sons: Cecilius Calvert (1605-1675); Leonard Calvert (ca. 1606-1647); George Calvert; Francis Calvert; Henry Calvert; John Calvert, and Philip Calvert (1626-1682, by second wife Joan).
Daughters: Anne Calvert; Dorothy Calvert; Elizabeth Calvert; Grace Calvert; Helen Calvert.

Private Career:
Education: Graduated Trinity College, Oxford, England, 1597.
Religious Affiliation: Anglican; converted to Catholicism, 1625.
Social Status and Activities: Knighted, 1617.
Occupational Profile: Member, Virginia Company, 1609-1620; member, New England Company, 1622.

Public Career:
Out of Colony Service: Private secretary to Sir Robert Cecil, 1606; controller of the policy of King James, 1606-12; clerk of the crown of assize and peace, County Clare, Ireland, 1606; Member of Parliament, Bossiney, Cornwall, England, 1609; clerk, Privy Council, 1613, 1619, 1625; principal secretary of state, 1619; Member of Parliament, Yorkshire, England, 1621-24; baron of Baltimore, Ireland, 1625; member, Provisional Council for Management of Virginia.
Stands on Public/Private Issues: Received the title, Baron of Baltimore, from James I, King of England, and thus became 1st Lord Baltimore in February 1625. Petitioned the King for a grant of land north of the Potomac River; charter for the province of Maryland sealed June 20, 1632.

Wealth at Death:
Size of estate unknown.

Extended biography

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