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Benjamin CONTEE

(1755-1815)

CONTEE, Benjamin, (uncle of Alexander Contee Hanson and granduncle of Thomas Contee Worthington), a Delegate and a Representative from Maryland; born at “Brookefield,” near Nottingham, Prince Georges County, Md., in 1755; attended a private school; served in the Revolutionary War as lieutenant and captain in the Third Maryland Battalion; member of the State house of delegates 1785-1787; Member of the Continental Congress in 1788; elected as an Anti-Administration candidate to the First Congress (March 4, 1789-March 3, 1791); was not a candidate for renomination in 1790; traveled in various European countries, and studied theology; continued theological study on his return to the United States, and was ordained a minister of the Episcopal Church in 1803; was pastor of the Episcopal Church at Port Tobacco, Charles County; was serving as presiding judge of the Charles County Orphans’ Court at the time of his death; died in Charles County, Md., November 30, 1815; interment at “Bromont,” his former home, near Port Tobacco, Md.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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