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Governor Phillips Lee Goldsborough

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Office Dates:  Jan 10, 1912 - Jan 12, 1916

Born:  Aug 06, 1865

Passed:  Oct 22, 1946

Birth State:  Maryland

Party:  Republican

Family:  Married Mary Ellen Showell; three children

National Office(s) Served:  Senator

PHILLIPS LEE GOLDSBOROUGH was born in Cambridge, Maryland on August 6, 1865. His education was attained in the public and private schools of his native state. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1886, and then established his legal career in Cambridge. Goldsborough entered politics in 1892, serving as the Dorchester County state's attorney, a position he held for six years. He also served as the Comptroller of the Treasury of Maryland from 1898 to 1900, and as the collector of Internal Revenue for the Maryland District from 1902 to 1911. Goldsborough secured the 1911 Republican gubernatorial nomination, and then went on to win election to the Maryland governorship on November 7, 1911. He was sworn into office on January 10, 1912. During his tenure, the People's Court System for Baltimore County was established; road and highway improvements were sanctioned; the Workmen's Compensation Commission was established; and the home rule and referendum amendment were both enacted. Also, educational reform measures were authorized, which included teacher certification, mandatory school attendance, and the lengthening of the school term. After completing his term, Goldsborough left office on January 12, 1916. He went on to serve as president of National Union Bank and chairman of Baltimore Trust Company from 1917 to 1928. From 1929 to 1935 he served as a member of the U.S. Senate. He also served as director of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation from 1935 to 1946. Governor Phillips Lee Goldsborough passed away on October 22, 1946, and was buried in the Christ Episcopal Church Cemetery in Cambridge, Maryland.


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