Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Edward W. LeCompte (c. 1830-1893)
MSA SC 3520-13431


Born about 1830.  Son of Samuel LeCompte.  Married Elizabeth Wall; no children.  Died at his home in Cambridge, Maryland on May 5, 1893.

Commissioner of the Dorchester and Delaware Railroad Company, 1866.  Incorporator of the first telegraph company in Dorchester County, Maryland, 1868.  Member, Democratic State Central Committee of Maryland from Dorchester County; participated in the convention that nominated Robert M. McLane for governor, 1883.  Candidate for comptroller of the treasury, 1883.  Register of Wills of Dorchester County for 24 years.  Secretary of state, 1886-93; appointed by Governor Henry Lloyd; reappointed by Governors Elihu E. Jackson and Frank Brown.  An article from The Evening Capital of April 8, 1890 shows that a large part of LeCompte's responsibilities as secretary of state was opening the governor's incoming mail; that task frequently took him half of his workday.

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