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Every state of the Union has given birth to people who have left a lasting impression on our history and culture. The following native Marylanders have played distinctive roles.

Born in Maryland

Famous Marylanders
Name Born / Died Place
Spiro Theodore Agnew
(born Spiros Anagnostopoulos)
Vice President, Politician
Born: November 9, 1918 Towson
Died: September 17, 1996 Berlin
Benjamin Banneker
Mathematician, Astronomer, Publisher, Writer, Inventor
Born: November 9, 1731 Ellicott's Mills
Died: October 25, 1806 Baltimore
John Simmons Barth
Born: May 27, 1930 Cambridge
James Hubert "Eubie" Blake
Composer, Lyricist, Pianist
Born: February 7, 1887 Baltimore
Died: February 12, 1983 Brooklyn, N.Y.
John Wilkes Booth
Actor, Assasin: Abraham Lincoln
Born: May 10, 1838 Bel Air
Died: April 26, 1865 Port Royal, Va.
Charles Joseph Bonaparte
Politician, Lawyer
Born: June 9, 1851 Baltimore
Died: June 28, 1921 Bella Vista, Baltimore
Francis Xavier Bushman
Born: January 10, 1883 Baltimore
Died: August 23, 1966 Pacific Palisades, Calif.
James Mallahan Cain
Novelist, Journalist
Born: July 1, 1892 Annapolis
Died: October 27, 1977 Hyattsville
Charles Carroll
Signer: Declaration of Independence, Politician, Lawyer
Born: September 19, 1737 Annapolis
Died: November 14, 1832 Baltimore
Samuel Chase
Signer: Declaration of Independence, Supreme Court justice, Politician, Lawyer
Born: April 17, 1741 Somerset County
Died: June 19, 1811 Baltimore
Thomas Leo "Tom" Clancy Jr.
Born: April 12, 1947 Baltimore
Hans Georg Conried, Jr.
Born: April 15, 1917 Baltimore
Died: January 5, 1982 Burbank, Calif.
Robert Lee Curbeam, Jr.
Astronaut, Navy pilot, Engineer
Born: March 5, 1962 Baltimore
Dominique Margaux Dawes
Born: November 20, 1976 Silver Spring
Stephen Decatur, Jr.
Naval officer
Born: January 5, 1779 Sinepuxent
Died: March 22, 1820 Washington, D.C.
John Dickinson
Politician, Lawyer, Signer: Constitution
Born: November 2, 1732 Talbot County
Died: February 14, 1808 Wilmington
Frederick Douglass
(born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey)
Abolitionist, Orator, Editor, Statesman, Author
Born: February 14, 1818 Talbot County
Died: February 20, 1895 Washington, D.C.
Cass Elliot
(born Ellen Naomi Cohen)
Singer, Actress
Born: September 19, 1941 Baltimore
Died: July 29, 1974 London, England
Christopher Gist
Explorer, Military scout
Born: c. 1706 Baltimore
Died: 1759 Georgia, South Carolina, or Virginia
Philip Glass
Born: January 31, 1937 Baltimore
Robert Moses "Lefty" Grove
Baseball player
Born: March 6, 1900 Lonaconing
Died: May 22, 1975 Norwalk, Ohio
John Hanson
President under Articles of Confederation, Politician
Born: April 3, 1715 near Port Tobacco
Died: November 22, 1783 Oxon Hill
Matthew Alexander Henson
Born: August 8, 1866 Charles County
Died: March 9, 1955 New York, N.Y.
Johns "Johnsie" Hopkins
Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Abolitionist
Born: May 19, 1795 Anne Arundel County
Died: December 24, 1873 Baltimore
Reverdy Johnson
Politician, Lawyer
Born: May 21, 1796 Annapolis
Died: February 10, 1876 Annapolis
Thomas Johnson
Supreme Court Justice, Governor,
Born: November 12, 1732 Calvert County
Died: October 26, 1819 Frederick
Francis Scott Key
Lawyer, Author, Writer: Star Spangled Banner
Born: August 1, 1779 Frederick (Now Carroll) County
Died: January 11, 1843 Baltimore
Morris Louis
(born Morris Louis Bernstein)
Born: November 28, 1912 Baltimore
Died: September 7, 1962 Wasington, D.C.
Thurgood Marshall
(born Thoroughgood Marshall)
Supreme Court Justice, Jurist
Born: July 2, 1908 Baltimore
Died: January 24, 1993 Bethesda
Henry Louis "H.L." Mencken
(nickname: Sage of Baltimore)
Journalist, Satirist, Social critic
Born: September 12, 1880 Baltimore
Died: January 29, 1956) Baltimore
William Paca
Signer: Declaration of Independence, Lawyer
Born: October 31, 1740 Abingdon
Died: October 13, 1799 Wye Island
Charles Willson Peale
Painter, Soldier, Naturalist
Born: April 15, 1741 Chester
Died: February 22, 1827 Philadelphia, Penn.
Franklin Parsons "Frank" Perdue
President: Perdue Farms, Businessman
Born: May 9, 1920 Salisbury
Died: March 31, 2005 Salisbury
Calvin Edwin "Cal" Ripken, Jr.
Baseball player
Born: August 24, 1960 Havre de Grac
Anne Newport Royall
Writer, Traveler, Journalist
Born: June 11, 1769 Baltimore
Died: October 1, 1854 Washington, D.C.
James Rumsey
Engineer, Inventor
Born: 1743 Cecil County
Died: December 21, 1792 London, England
George Herman "Babe" Ruth
(nicknames: Babe, The Bambino, The Sultan of Swat, The King of Crash, The Titan of Terror and The Colossus of Clout)
Baseball player
Born: February 6, 1895 Baltimore
Died: August 16, 1948 New York, N.Y.
Upton Beall Sinclair, Jr.
Born: September 20, 1878 Baltimore
Died: November 25, 1968 Bound Brook, N.J.
Roger Brooke Taney
Supreme Court Chief Justice, Attorney General
Born: March 17, 1777 Calvert County
Died: October 12, 1864 Washington, D.C.
Harriet Tubman
Abolitionist, Social activist, Hairdresser
Born: c. 1822 Dorchester County
Died: March 10, 1913 Auburn, N.Y.
Leon Marcus Uris
Born: August 3, 1924 Baltimore
Died: June 21, 2003 Shelter Island, N.Y.
Mason Locke "Parson" Weems
Printer, Minister, Author
Born: October 11, 1756 Anne Arundel County
Died: May 23, 1825 Beaufort, S.C.
Frank Vincent Zappa
Musician, Composer, Film Director
Born: December 21, 1940 Baltimore
Died: December 4, 1993 Los Angeles, Calif.

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