Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Edward S. Northrop (1911-2003)
MSA SC 3520-12036


Born June 12, 1911, in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Attended Woodberry Forest School, Virginia; George Washington University; George Washington University Law School, LL.B., 1937. Admitted to Maryland Bar, February 11, 1938. Died August 12, 2003, in Olney, Maryland.

Private practice of law in Chevy Chase until 1941. Served in U.S. Navy, 1941-45, in all theatres, achieving rank of commander (decorated by both Army and Navy). Later associated with
Lambert, Hart, and Northrop. Attorney, Chevy Chase Village, 1946. Superintendent of Public Service, Chevy Chase Village, 1933-41. Board of Managers, Chevy Chase Village, 1932-33. Member, Maryland Senate, representing Montgomery County, 1955-61. Majority Leader, 1959-61. First Chair, Committee on Taxation and Fiscal Affairs. Chair, Finance Committee. Member, Legislative Council. Chair, Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Cooperation. Member, Commission of City-County Fiscal Relationships, 1959-60; Commission to Re-examine Public School Financing, 1960; Committee to Study the Problems Affecting the Laws Regulating Building, Homestead, and Savings and Loan Associations, 1960-61; Joint Commission to Study Passenger Carrier Facilities in the Washington Metropolitan Area, 1961. Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, 1961-1970. Chief Judge, U.S. District Court of Maryland, 1970-1981. Senior Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland,  June 12, 1981-August 13, 2003.

Distinguished Service Award, George Washington University Law School, 1975; Distinguished Citizen Award, State of Maryland, 1981; Service Award, Federal Bar Association; Special Merit Citation in recognition of outstanding service for improvement of the administration of justice, American Judicature Society, 1982; Distinguished Service Award, Maryland State Bar Association, Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, Maryland Senate.

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