Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

James T. Earle (1814-1882)
MSA SC 3520-14733


Born James Tilghman Earle, July 30, 1814, at "Winton," Queen Anne's County, Maryland. Son of Hon. Richard T. Earle (1767-1843) and Mary Tilghman (1783-1836); one of ten children. Graduated Harvard College (later University), 1834. Studied law with his father, 1837-1840. Married Ann Johns (d. 1842), 1841. Married Ann Catherine (d. 1876), 1849; two children, Mary Elizabeth and Ann Johns Earle. Married Mary F., c. 1880; two children, James T. (b. 1880) and Richard T. Died, Queen Anne's County, Maryland, July, 1882.1

Farmer and planter. Founder, Maryland Agricultural Society, 1848-49; President, 1854. Active in efforts to improve agricultural education, and fought for the establishment of Maryland Agricultural College (later University of Maryland), 1858. Maryland Senate, 1865-1874; President pro tempore, 1867. Chair, Finance Committee. Democrat. Among those active in passage of bill calling for convention in 1867 to re-write the state constitution. Personal property valued at $20,000 at time of death, in addition to significant land holdings.

1. Earle died sometime between July 11, when he wrote his will, and July 16, when it was probated.

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