John B. Gontrum (1890-1963)
MSA SC 3520-13443
Born April 1, 1890 in Baltimore. Son of John F. and Mary Helen (Biddison) Gontrum. Attended The Johns Hopkins University 1908-09; University of Maryland School of Law, LL.B., 1912. Admitted to the Maryland bar, 1911. Married Mary Antoinette von Wyszecki, June 16, 1915; one son: John Holt Gontrum. Methodist. Died May 26, 1963 in Maryland.
Practiced law in Baltimore, 1911-43. Chief judge, Appeal Tax Court, Baltimore, 1923-26. Part owner and publisher of the weekly newspaper, the Union News of Towson, 1928-45. Maryland secretary of state, 1939. State insurance commissioner, 1939-43. Owner and manager of a dairy farm, 1939-63. Associate judge, Third Judiciary Circuit Court, 1943-55; chief judge, 1955-60. Helped plan and create Gunpowder State Park, 1954. Helped found the Child Study Center of Maryland; member of the board until 1963. Member, Maryland State and Baltimore County Bar Associations. Member, Barristers' Club; Wednesday Law Club (Baltimore); Bar-Lodge of Masons. Member, Andrews Methodist Chapel. Interests included foreign travel, English literature and poetry.
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