BENJAMIN OGLE was born in Annapolis, Maryland on January 27, 1749. His education was attained in the private schools in England, including Eton College, from which he graduated in 1761. Ogle entered politics in 1773, serving as a member of the Maryland Upper House, a position he held until 1774. He also served as a member of the Governor’s Executive Council from 1781 to 1784. The Maryland Legislature elected Ogle governor on November 14, 1798. He was reelected to a second term in 1799, and to a third term in 1800. During his tenure, the state prepared for the impending war with France. Also, the state government became embroiled in the clashes between the Federalist Party and the emerging rival Republican Party. After completing his term, Ogle left office on November 10, 1801, and retired from political life until 1806, when he served as a Senatorial elector. Governor Benjamin Ogle passed away on July 7, 1809, and was buried in the family graveyard in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.
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