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Governor Samuel Sprigg

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Office Dates:  Dec 20, 1819 - Dec 16, 1822

Born:  Jan 01, 1783

Passed:  Apr 21, 1855

Birth State:  Maryland

Party:  Democrat, Whig

Family:  Married Violetta Lansdale; two children

Military Service:  Army

SAMUEL SPRIGG was born around 1783, likely in Washington County, Maryland. Little is known about his early life, including his education. However, he did study law, was admitted to the bar in 1808, and then established his legal career in Prince George's County, Maryland. Sprigg entered politics in 1819, winning his first election to the governorship of Maryland. He was reelected to a second term in 1820, and to a third term in 1821. During his tenure, Sprigg supported internal improvements. After completing his term, Sprigg left office on December 16, 1822. In 1850, he represented Prince George's County in the State Constitutional Convention. He also served as the president of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Company. Governor Samuel Sprigg passed away on April 21, 1855, and was buried in St. Barnabas' Church Cemetery in Prince George's County. He was reinterred in Oak Hill Cemetery in Georgetown, Washington, D.C.


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Maryland State Archives