[photograph of a portrait of Edna Amos Nice]

Edna Amos Nice (1882-1955)

MSA SC 1545-1022. 1961 by Stanislaw Rembski (b. 1896). Commissioned by Legislature at suggestion of Mrs. J. Millard Tawes.

Edna Viola Amos Nice was the wife of Harry Whinna Nice (1877-1941), the fiftieth governor of Maryland, who served in office from 1935-1939. Born in Baltimore, Mrs. Nice's ancestors settled in Somerset County early in the seventeenth century. She was educated in "The Girls' Latin School" prior to marrying on June 7, 1905. She and Governor Nice had two sons, Harry W. Nice, Jr., and another who died when a year old. During the Nice Administration, Government House underwent extensive renovation, prompted by concerns for the safety of the structure, which drastically transformed the original Victorian mansion of 1868 into the Georgian style "Colonial Revival" house seen today. The Nice family moved into the refurbished house in July 1936. It featured Colonial period design inspired furnishings throughout the state rooms, many of which remain in Government House today.

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