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Philip KEY

(1750-1820)

KEY, Philip, (cousin of Philip Barton Key and great-grandfather of Barnes Compton), a Representative from Maryland; born probably on his father’s estate near Leonardtown, St. Marys County, Md. in 1750; pursued an academic course in England; returned to Maryland and engaged in farming; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced; served in the Maryland house of delegates in 1773; member of the committee of correspondence, St. Marys County, in 1774; again a member of the house of delegates 1779-1790; elected as a Pro-Administration candidate to the Second Congress (March 4, 1791-March 3, 1793); member of the State house of delegates in 1795 and 1796 and served as speaker; died in St. Marys County, Md., January 4, 1820; interment probably in the churchyard at Chaptico, Md.

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

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