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Famous People from Maryland
Biographies, Famous People from Maryland
Clara Barton (1821 - 1912) Founded the
American Red Cross, with headquarters located
in a home in Glen Echo.
- Eubie Blake (1883 - 1983) Ragtime
musician and composer who wrote “The
Charleston Rag,” in 1899; born in Baltimore.
John Wilkes Booth (1838 - 1865) The
assassin of President Abraham Lincoln; born in
- Tom Clancy (1947 - ) Author of
many best-selling books, including The Hunt
for Red October and Patriot Games; born in
Frederick Douglass (1817 - 1895)
Abolitionist leader who was born a slave in
Matthew Henson (1866 - 1955) One of
the first two men to reach the North Pole;
born in Baltimore.
Francis Scott Key (1779 - 1843) He
wrote the national anthem on September 14,
1814 while watching the bombardment of
Fort McHenry during the War of 1812; born
in Frederick county.
Johns Hopkins (1795 - 1873),
Merchant, banker, and philanthropist, who
founded the hospital and university that bear
his name; born in Anne Arundel County.
Thurgood Marshall (1908 - 1993)
First African-American justice of the U.S.
Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849) Famous
author and poet; born in Massachusetts, spent
writing years in Baltimore and died there.
Cal Ripken Jr. (1960 - ) One of the
best shortstops in baseball history that holds
the record for the most consecutive games
played, at 2,632; born in Havre de Grace and a
member of the Baltimore Orioles.
George Herman “Babe” Ruth (1895 -
1948) One of the greatest players in baseball
history that held the record for the most home
runs in a single season; born in Baltimore.
Harriet Tubman (1820 - 1913) A leading
figure in the Underground Railroad, a nurse,
spy, and scout for the Union army, and a
woman’s rights activist; born in Dorchester
- Upton Beall Sinclair
(1878 - 1968) Writer, social critic, author of
the novel The Jungle, whose revelations led to
reforms in the meat-packing industry; born in
More Famous People of Maryland
- Spiro T. Agnew vice president,
- Benjamin Banneker mathematician,
astronomer, Oella/Ellicott City
- John Barth writer, Cambridge
- Francis X. Bushman actor, Baltimore
- James M. Cain writer, Annapolis
- Samuel Chase jurist, Sumerset Cty
- John Dickinson statesman, Talbot
- Christopher Gist frontiersman,
- Philip Glass composer, Baltimore
- Billie Holiday jazz-blues singer,
- Reverdy Johnson lawyer, statesman,
- Thomas Johnson political leader,
- H. L. Mencken writer, Baltimore
- Charles Willson Peale painter,
naturalist Queen Annes Cty
- Roger B. Taney jurist, Calvert Cty
- Leon Uris author, Baltimore
- Frank Zappa singer, Baltimore
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