[photograph of a portrait of Gertrude Johnson Harrington]

Gertrude Johnson Harrington (1874-1948)

MSA SC 1545-1170. 1972 by Gregory Stapko (b. 1913). Commissioned by Maryland Commission on Artistic Property.

Gertrude Johnson Harrington was the wife of Emerson C. Harrington, the forty-eighth governor of Maryland, serving in office from 1916-1920. Born in Golden Hill, Dorchester County, she graduated from the Cambridge Female Seminary. She was married to Harrington on June 27, 1893, while he was the principal of Cambridge High School. They had two sons, Emerson C. Harrington, Jr., and William J. Harrington, and one daughter, Mrs. Reginald V. Truitt. While First Lady during World War I, Mrs. Harrington opened the grounds of Government House to soldiers and sailors, expressing a keen interest in the activities of the men in the services. In addition to her other responsibilities, she worked three nights a week in the canteens in Annapolis and Fort Meade, and was active with the Red Cross. For many years she participated in the work of the Dorchester County Tuberculosis Association and was one of the early presidents of the Cambridge Women's Society.

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