Archives of Maryland
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Philemon B. Hopper Jr. (b. circa 1817 - d. ?)
MSA SC 3520-14972
House of Delegates, Queen Anne's County, 1846-47


Philemon B. Hopper Jr. was the son of Judge Philemon Blake Hopper, an Eastern Shore circuit judge.1 On June 2, 1846, Hopper Jr. was elected a captain to a new volunteer company of rifleman in Centreville.2 That same year, he worked with James T. Earl in investigating "the liberation of absconding slaves who had been imprisoned in New Castle, Del., and their escape into Pennsylvania."3

Hopper represented Queen Anne's County in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1846 to 1847.4 He married Henrietta Goldsborough on March 13, 1850. They had at least four children: Philemon B. (b. 1853), Mary N. (b. 1856), Ellen (b. 1857), and Fanny S. (b. 1862).5 In 1852, he placed an advertisement in the Baltimore Sun with Clinton Cook, promoting their services as attorneys. They based their office in Queen Anne's County, but also served Talbot, Kent, and Caroline counties.6

In 1855, he joined a number of influential community leaders in petitioning for the pardon of Phoebe Myers, a free African American imprisoned as an accomplice to slave flight.7

1.     "Dorchester Murder Trials." Baltimore Sun May 13, 1884.
1.     Emory, Frederic. Queen Anne's County, Maryland, Its Early History and Development (Baltimore, MD: Maryland Historical Society, 1950).

2.     "Maryland Line." Baltimore Sun June 2, 1846: 2.

3.     Emory 475.

4.     Edward C. Papenfuse, et al., Archives of Maryland, Historical List, New Series, Vol. 1 (Annapolis, MD: Maryland State Archives, 1990).

5.     QUEEN ANNE'S COUNTY COURT (Marriage Licenses) MSA CM831-1. Philemon B. Hopper Jr. and Henrietta Goldsborough, March 14, 1850.
5.     U.S. Census Bureau (Census Record, MD) for Philemon B. Hopper, 1850, Queen Anne's County, District 3, Page 193, Line 3 [MSA SM61-144, SCM 1500-1].
5.     U.S. Census Bureau (Census Record, MD) for P.B. Hopper, 1860, Queen Anne's County, District 3, Page 112, Line 27 [MSA SM61-215, SCM 7224-1].
5.     U.S. Census Bureau (Census Record, MD) for P.B. Hopper, 1870, Queen Anne's County, District 3, Page 92, Line 28 [MSA SM61-277, SCM 7258].

6.     "Clinton Cook & P.B. Hopper, Jr." Baltimore Sun April 7, 1852: 3.

7.     Miscellaneous Court Papers,  Queen Anne's Circuit Court  1855-1856 MSA #T3273.

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