Schulz or Cox could be Frederick County’s first governor since the Civil War | Election coverage


A Frederick County resident has not been governor of Maryland since 1854 – seven years before the Civil War began – when Enoch Louis Lowe left office.

Dating back to at least 1915, the first year that the Maryland State Archives lists a county of residence for every gubernatorial candidate, no Frederick County resident has won a major party nomination for governor. governor.

It’s been 75 years since a western Maryland candidate was elected – William Preston Lane Jr. of Hagerstown.

It is therefore all the more significant that the two candidates considered most likely to win the Republican nomination as the state’s 63rd governor – former Secretary of Commerce and Labor Kelly Schulz and State Del. Dan Cox – are residents of Frederick County.

Four people who lived in Frederick County served as governor of Maryland, including the state’s first two governors, elected by the legislature.

Thomas Johnson—a delegate to the Continental Congress—served as governor from 1777 to 1779. He was born in Calvert County, but held political office representing Frederick County after his term as governor.

Johnson died in 1819 at his Rose Hill Manor residence in Frederick, according to Maryland records. He was buried in All Saints Parish Cemetery in Frederick, and in 1913 he was reinterred in Mount Olivet Cemetery, according to the National Governors Association.

Maryland’s second governor, Thomas Sim Lee, served as governor from 1779 to 1782 and again from 1792 to 1794. He was reelected in 1798, but refused to accept the office.

Lee died 17 days before Johnson at his Needwood estate in Middletown Valley.

In 1841, both candidates for governor were from Frederick, writes Marie Anne Erickson for the September 1995 edition of Frederick Magazine.

Francis “Frank” Thomas defeated William Cost Johnson, known as “Catoctin Sprout”, to become the state’s 26th governor. Thomas served until 1845.

In his 1995 history, Erickson wrote that Thomas was “the most colorful figure” of the county’s four governors. He survived a duel and, at age 42, married a woman less than half his age and began an “unpleasant, mostly public, domestic scandal”, Erickson wrote.

Thomas died in 1876 after being hit by a locomotive on a railroad track near his home in Garrett County, and he was buried in St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Cemetery in Petersville.

Enoch Louis Lowe, 29th Governor of Maryland, was born in 1820 on the “Hermitage” estate belonging to his maternal grandmother. The Hermitage was a plantation with 90 slaves, the second largest slave population in Frederick County in the early 19th century, and it later became the site of the Civil War Battle of Monocacy, according to a report by 2014 of News-Post.

Lowe died in 1892 and was buried in St. John’s Catholic Church Cemetery in Frederick.

John Lee Carroll, the state’s 37th governor, was possibly the last whose biography in the state archives mentions ties to Frederick County. He attended Mount St. Mary’s College.

General Louis Victor Baughman attempted to be the fifth Frederick County resident to serve as governor.

In 1904 Baughman announced his candidacy for the 1907 Democratic gubernatorial nomination. But two years later he died after contracting nephritis from a bad cold, according to a 1906 report by The (Frederick) News.

“Eu [Baughman] lived and in good health, he would undoubtedly have been a formidable candidate for the position,” the report read.

The last Frederick County resident to seriously consider running for governor was Blaine Young, the last chairman of the county’s former Board of Commissioners.

The Republican said in 2012 that he planned to run for office in 2014 and launched what he called a “stealth campaign,” which included a rented 2006 Winnebago coach adorned with campaign logos, according to a 2012 report. of the News-Post.

He ended his offer less than a year later and ran for Frederick County executive instead. He lost in the general election to County Executive Jan Gardner, D.

Prior to 2022, only five gubernatorial tickets since 1986 — the first gubernatorial election for which the Maryland State Board of Elections has information available online — included a Frederick County resident.

More recently, two Frederick County residents — Ken Timmerman and Shelley Aloi — ran with unsuccessful tickets in 2014. Then-candidate Larry Hogan and his running mate Boyd Rutherford won the primary and took the job.

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