[photograph of a portrait of Honolulu Manzer McKeldin]

Honolulu Manzer McKeldin (c. 1900-1988)

MSA SC 1545-1188. 1961 by Stansilaw Rembski (b. 1896). Commissioned by legislature at suggestion of Mrs. J. Millard Tawes.

Honolulu Claire Manzer McKeldin was the wife of Theodore R. McKeldin (1900-1974), the fifty-third governor of Maryland, serving in office from 1951-1959. She was born in Binghamton, New York and graduated from the Maryland Institute in Costume Design. Mrs. McKeldin met her future husband while they were both working in a bank in Baltimore. They were married on October 17, 1924, and had two children, Theodore R. McKeldin, Jr., and Clara Whitney (McKeldin) Zeigler. During her husband's term as Mayor of Baltimore from 1943-1947, Mrs. McKeldin served as a nutritionist for the Red Cross and worked regularly in the annual Flower Mart of the Women's Civic League. An avid gardner, she also painted still lifes and landscapes. While First Lady of Maryland, Mrs. McKeldin acquired several pieces of silver for Government House, including a tea and coffee service currently displayed in the State Dining Room.

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