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Charles Goldsborough

Gov. Charles Goldsborough

  • January 8, 1819 - December 20, 1819
  • Federalist
  • July 15, 1765
  • December 13, 1834
  • Maryland
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Married twice--Elizabeth Goldsborough, Sarah Yerbury Goldsborough; seventeen children
  • Representative


CHARLES GOLDSBOROUGH was born at “Hunting Creek” in Dorchester County, Maryland on July 15, 1765. His education was attained at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1784, and a Master of Arts degree in 1787. He studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1790. Goldsborough entered politics in 1791, serving as a member of the Maryland State Senate, a position he held four years. He was also a member of the Maryland House of Delegates in 1797 and served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1805 to 1817. The Maryland Legislature elected Goldsborough governor in 1818. He was sworn into office on January 8, 1819. He lost his bid for reelection due to the growing unpopularity of the Federalist Party. Goldsborough left office on December 1819. He ran again for the governorship in 1820 and 1821, but was defeated in both bids. Governor Charles Goldsborough passed away on December 13, 1834, and was buried at the Christ Episcopal Church Cemetery in Cambridge, Maryland.


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White, Frank F., Jr. The Governors of Maryland, 1777-1972. Annapolis, MD: Hall of Records Commission, 1970.

Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

Maryland State Archives


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