Stairwell Room: Revolutionary Annapolis Wall

Samuel Chase (1741-1811)

Artist: Charles Willson Peale (1741-1827), c.1773
Medium: Oil on canvas
Maryland Historical Society

State House - Stairwell Room   

A Son of Liberty

Samuel Chase was born in 1741 in Somerset County, Maryland. After receiving a classical education, he moved to Annapolis to study law. Chase was a leading opponent of British rule and took an active role in the Sons of Liberty against the Stamp Act. The Sons of Liberty was a radical group organized throughout the colonies to promote American independence.

In 1776, Chase was selected to represent Maryland at the Continental Congress and was one of the state’s four signers of the Declaration of Independence. After the war, Chase served in the Maryland Judiciary and Senate, as well as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.



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Samuel Chase
Burning of the Peggy Stewart
Plan of the Harbour and City of Annapolis
The Honorable Thomas Stone
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Charles Carroll of Carrollton

William Paca

Lord Ligonier Advertisement

Charles Calvert and Slave

The Fatal Stamp

Key Documents on the Wall

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