Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Linwood G. Koger (1889-1973)
MSA SC 3520-15298


Born March 10, 1889, in Reidsville, North Carolina.  Son of James F. and Margaret (Graves) Koger.  Brother of A. Briscoe Koger.  Attended Howard University; Howard University Law School.  Admitted to the Maryland bar, November 21, 1923.  Married to Ruth E. Wilson; three children: Linwood G., Jr., O'Neal W., and Ruth K.  Died August 24, 1973, in Baltimore, Maryland.  Buried at Arbutus Memorial Park, Baltimore, Maryland.

Justice of the Peace, Baltimore City (14th Ward), 1937-39. Served on the Governor's Commission Studying Problems Affecting Colored People, 1941-44. Assistant City Solicitor, Baltimore, 1944-48.  Police magistrate, Baltimore City, 1955-59. Republican candidate for House of Delegates, 1930; Baltimore City Council, 1939; Maryland Senate, 1942 and 1946; and United States House of Representatives, 1954.

Attorney. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I, was wounded on September 27, 1918 during the Meuse-Argonne campaign, and was honorably discharged on March 5, 1919. President, Baltimore Branch of the National Assocations for the Advancement of Colored People, 1927-30.  President, Monumental Bar Association, 1941-42 and 1953-55.  Founder, Omega Psi Phi Fratenity, Morgan State University.  Trustee, Union Baptist Church.  Member, American Legion, Republican Lawyers' Club of Maryland, Citizens Planning and Housing Assocation, and Hiram Grand Lodge.

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