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Benjamin RUMSEY

(1734-1808)

RUMSEY, Benjamin, a Delegate from Maryland; born in Bohemia Manor, Cecil County, Md., October 6, 1734; attended Princeton College; member of the Maryland convention of December 29, 1775; was appointed by the provincial convention colonel of the Lower Battalion of Harford County in 1776; member of the council of safety in 1776; Member of the Continental Congress 1776-1777; chief justice of the Maryland Court of Appeals from 1778 to 1805, when he resigned; died in Joppa, Harford County, Md., March 7, 1808; interment in the Old St. John’s Cemetery.

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

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