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Charles S. Ridgely (c. 1781-1847)
MSA SC 3520-14018


Born Charles Sterrett Ridgely, circa 1781. Attended St. John's College, Class of 1802. Married Elizabeth Ruth Hollingsworth (c. 1783-1856), April 11, 1804 at St. Paul's Parish, Baltimore, MD. The Ridgely's had at least four children, two of which died young; John Sterrett Ridgely was born August 9, 1809, and baptized at St. Paul's, December 10, 1809; Captain Randolph Ridgely, who fought in the Mexican War and died at Monterey after a fall from a horse; Sally Ridgely, who married Richard Grason; Andrew Sterrett Ridgely, a member of the Baltimore bar. Died January 5, 1847, in the Howard District of Anne Arundel County. Buried St. Paul's Cemetery, Baltimore, MD.

During the War of 1812, Charles Sterrett Ridgely served as a Major in the Maryland Militia under Col. Frisby Tilghman. In the 1820s, he achieved the rank of Colonel and lead a group known as "Ridgely's Troopers." This group is rumored to have been assigned to provide protection to General Lafayette in 1824-25. Ridgely served as a member of the House of Delegates from 1834-1836 and 1838-1841. He was elected Speaker of the House during the 1838, 1840, and 1841 sessions.

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