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Born February 7, 1749
Annapolis, Maryland
Died July 6, 1809
Annapolis, Maryland
Spouse(s) Rebecca Stilley,
Henrietta Margaret Hill
Children Elizabeth Ogle,
Benjamin Ogle II
Residence Belair Mansion, Collington, Maryland

Benjamin Ogle (February 7, 1749 – July 6, 1809) was the Governor of Maryland from 1798 to 1801.

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Early life

The Ogle family was quite prominent for many centuries in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, England, dating from the medieval period. Born in Annapolis, Maryland, Benjamin Ogle was the son of former Provincial governor, Samuel Ogle and Anne Tasker.[1] Upon his death in 1752, Samuel left his estate to his 3 year old son Benjamin, but appointed Benjamin Tasker, Sr. as his son's guardian and to manage the estate. Tasker sent young Ogle to England when he was 10 to further his education.[2]

Ogle returned to Maryland in 1770 to find Tasker's daughters (his aunts) were occupying his father's estate, the Belair Mansion, so he resided in his father's city home at 247 King George Street in Annapolis (which is now Alumni House for the United States Naval Academy). Ogle took possession of the Belair Mansion in 1774 after a lawsuit to reclaim his father's home from the Tasker family.[3][4]

Career

Benjamin Ogle became a member of the Maryland colonial council and would support the American Revolution.[1] Ogle became a friend of George Washington whose presidential records show he dined at Belair on October 1, 1773.[1]

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Governor of Maryland

He was elected Governor of Maryland by the Legislature in 1798, serving until 1801.[1]

Upon George Washington's death in 1799, Ogle issued a proclamation that February 11, 1800 be observed throughout the State as a day of mourning. His precedent started the tradition of observing a holiday on February each year,[1] now known as President's Day.

Legacy

Benjamin Ogle married Rebecca Stilley and had one daughter, Elizabeth. Ogle later married Henrietta Margaret Hill with whom he had a son, Benjamin Ogle II.[1] He left his estate, Belair, to Benjamin Ogle II upon his death in 1809 in Annapolis. He is buried in Annapolis, Maryland.[5]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f Warfield, Joshua Dorsey (July 1905). The Founders of Anne Arundel And Howard Counties, Maryland. Baltimore, Maryland: Kohn & Pollock. pp. 248–250. ISBN 0806379715. http://books.google.com/books?id=vgINAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA208&dq=Samuel+Ogle#PPA248,M1.  
  2. ^ Baltz, Shirley Vlasak (1984). A Chronicle of Belair. Bowie, Maryland: Bowie Heritage Committee. pp. 19–22.  
  3. ^ Baltz, Shirley Vlasak (1984). A Chronicle of Belair. Bowie, Maryland: Bowie Heritage Committee. pp. 39–41.  
  4. ^ Warfield, Joshua Dorsey (July 1905). The Founders of Anne Arundel And Howard Counties, Maryland. Baltimore, Maryland: Kohn & Pollock. pp. 248–250. ISBN 0806379715. http://books.google.com/books?id=vgINAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA208&dq=Samuel+Ogle#PPA250,M1.  
  5. ^ Baltz, Shirley Vlasak (1984). A Chronicle of Belair. Bowie, Maryland: Bowie Heritage Committee. p. 64.  

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Henry
Governor of Maryland
1798 - 1801
Succeeded by
John Francis Mercer

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