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James Polk Gorter (1858-1939)
MSA SC 3520-12822
Senate, BC, 1892
Charter Member of the Maryland Bar Association 1896-1897
Associate Judge of the Supreme Bench of Baltimore City 1907-1922
5th Chief Judge of the Supreme Bench of Baltimore City 1922-1928


Born August 27, 1858.  Son of Gosse Onno Gorter (b. 1818) and Mary Anne Polk.  Attended Charles M. Maguire's school in Baltimore; Anne Arundel County Academy, 1871-1872; St. John's College Preparatory Department, 1872-1874.  Received B.A., St. John's College, 1877;  LL.B., University of Maryland Law School, 1881; M.A., St. John's College, 1887; LL.D., St. John's College, 1912.  Married, Anne Ward Poulteny; one son, Thomas Poulteny Gorter. Died in Baltimore, November 10, 1939.

Studied law with Alexander H. Hagner, 1878.  Taught public school in Annapolis, Maryland, 1879-1880.  Entered into private law practice with H. Arthur Stump and Henry D. Harlan, both future judges of the Supreme Bench.  Elected to State Senate, 1891.  Baltimore City Attorney, 1892-1896.  Baltimore City Collector, 1899-1903.  Associate Judge of the Supreme Bench of Baltimore City, 1907-1922.  Elevated to Chief Judge, 1922.  Retired 1928.  Taught at University of Baltimore, later University of Maryland Law School.  Charter Member of Maryland State Bar Association.


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