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Richard RIDGELY

(1755-1824)

RIDGELY, Richard, a Delegate from Maryland; born in Queen Caroline Parish, Anne Arundel County, Md., August 3, 1755; attended St. John’s College, Annapolis, Md.; assistant clerk of the council of safety in 1776, and later clerk; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1780 and commenced practice in Baltimore; advocate in the Maryland Court of Chancery; elected a Member of the Continental Congress in 1784 and 1785, but did not attend; served in the state senate 1786-1791; resumed the practice of law in Baltimore; appointed judge of the county court July 30, 1811, which position he held until his death in Howard County, Md., February 25, 1824; interment on the “Dorsey Hall” estate, near Columbia, Howard County, Md.

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

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