Archives of Maryland
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Rowland Keedy Adams (1889-1944)
MSA SC 3520-14420
Judge, Baltimore City Supreme Bench, 1934-1943


Born Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, July 10, 1889. Parents Joseph C. and Barbara Keedy Adams. Family moved to Boonsboro, Maryland, 1895. Attended Hagerstown High School. Received B.A., St. John's College, 1911. Graduated University of Maryland Law School, 1914. Married Elva F. Hoffman, 1918; two children, Marja and Rowland K. Adams, Jr. Died Baltimore, July 29, 1944, after long illness.

Entered Officers Training School during World War I, attained rank of Captain. First practiced law with firm of Haman, Cook, Chesnut & Markell. Formed Johnson & Adams, 1923. Served as Deputy State's Attorney of Maryland, 1924-1926. Appointed to Supreme Bench of Baltimore City by Governor Albert C. Ritchie, 1934. Appointed to Maryland Court of Appeals, 1943. Also served as Regent for University of Maryland, member Board of Visitors and Governors, St. John's College, President, Mental Hygiene Society of Maryland. Regional Director, Office of Civilian Defense, 1942-1944.

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