Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

A. Lincoln Dryden
MSA SC 3520-14793


Born Abraham Lincoln Dryden, February 18, 1865 in Fairmount, Somerset County, Maryland. Son of Charlotte and Littleton Dryden. Attended St. John's College, Annapolis, 1884-1886; Dickinson College, 1886-1888, graduated with honors. Married Effie Venables, 1894. Four children: Stella (b. 1896), Susan (b. 1899), Gladys, and A. Lincoln, Jr.

Long-time politician and government employee. Served in House of Delegates, 1890; Republican. Afterwards was named to a patronage position in the Library of the Navy Department. General Agent, Northwestern Life Insurance Co., 1893. Unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Congress, 1894; lost to Joshua W. Miles. Served in Maryland Senate, 1896 and 1898. Appointed Deputy Collector of Customs, Port of Baltimore after the 1898 legislative session. Later held other patronage positions, including sub-treasurer, Baltimore City, 1902, and Collector of Customs, port of Crisfield, 1906. Served in House of Delegates a second time, 1902. Unsuccessful candidate for U.S. Congress, 1910; lost to J. Harry Covington.

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