Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Robert S. Crain
MSA SC 3520-14014


Born 1865 in Charles County, Maryland.  Son of Robert Crain and wife (neé Morgan).  Attended Charlotte Hall Military Academy, Charlotte Hall, Maryland; St. John's College, Annapolis, Maryland; and the University of Maryland School of Law.  Married Margaret Bennet.  Children included two sons and two daughters.  Resided at the family estate, "Mount Victoria," in Charles County.

Robert S. Crain was a farmer in Charles County and a lawyer in Baltimore and Washington.  He was a law partner of Omer F. Hershey and served as legal counsel for the United States Brewers' Association against Prohibition.  He was active in the Democratic Party as a fund-raiser and as a delegate to some of the party's national conventions including that held in Baltimore, but he never ran for public office.  He was a trustee of the Maryland College of Agriculture (later the University of Maryland).  He dreamed of building a road between Baltimore and Southern Maryland and led the fight to secure a state appropriation for the road.  In 1927 he oversaw the completion of the "Robert Crain Highway."  At his death his body was interred at Crain Cemetery at the Crain Farm in Mount Victoria, Maryland.

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