Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

John Parran Briscoe (1853-1925)
MSA SC 3520-13517


Born August 24, 1853 in Calvert County.  Son of James Thompson Briscoe and Anne Maria (Parran) Briscoe.  Attended Charlotte Hall School in St. Mary's County; St. John's College, Annapolis.  Married Kate MacPherson Bowen on November 26, 1879; seven children included John P. Briscoe, Jr., Anne Etheldre (m. William S. Pye), Catherine MacPherson, Lucy Lee (m. Forney Moore Knox), William Norwood, Philander Bowen, Laurence Morton.  Resided in and near Lower Marlboro, Calvert County, and later in Prince Frederick.  Died April 14, 1925.

Engaged in the private practice of law, 1875-1890; after 1924 under the name of Briscoe & Jones, Baltimore.  Elected state's attorney in Calvert County, 1879, 1883 and 1887.  Judge, Maryland Court of Appeals, 1891-1924.  Chief Judge, Seventh Judicial District of Maryland (Calvert, Charles, St. Mary's and Prince George's counties), 1891-1924.  Member of the Board of Visitors, St. John's College, 1890-1924.  Chair, Democratic State Central Committee.  President, Maryland State Bar Association, 1905.  Member, American Bar Association.  Chair, Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology.  Member, Maryland State Library Committee, 1905-1924.  Secretary and treasurer of the vestry of St. Paul's Protestant Episcopal Church, Calvert County, 1876-1897.  Member, Masons; Annapolis Social Club.

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