Anne Arundel Genealogical Society
Notable Anne Arundelians
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Spiro Theodore Agnew (1918 - 1996)
Politician who served as Baltimore County Executive, Governor of Maryland, and 39th Vice President of the United States.


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Thomas Hamilton Arnold (1825 - 1901)
Prominent farmer, retail merchant, postmaster in what became the town of Arnold.

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Benjamin Banneker (1731 - 1806)
Free African-American mathematician, astronomer, publisher, writer, inventor.
 
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Wiley H. Bates (1859 - 1935)
Annapolis businessman, alderman, crusader for equal rights and champion of improved education for blacks. Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center.  Buried in Brewer Hill Cemetery.

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As head coach of the University of Maryland Lacrosse team for 11 seasons (1970-80), Beardmore led the Terrapins to five NCAA championship games and two NCAA tournament championships (1973 and 1975). He was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1980. Beardmore was a three-time All-American as a player at Maryland, earning honorable-mention in 1960 and was a first-team selection in 1961 and 1962.
 
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Glen Burnie mirror artist Bob Benson, who creates works of art with mirrors, is perhaps most famous for the bedazzled Universal Tree of Life that reflects light in front of the American Visionary Art Museum near Baltimore's Inner Harbor. He also created the permanent mirrored Oceanus at the bottom of the main Museum stairwell. Benson gives workshops and has a YouTube video.
 
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Steve Bisciotti (1960 - )
Businessman and current majority owner of the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League. Resided in Severna Park, currently in Millersville.

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Toni Braxton (1967 - )
Award-winning R&B singer-songwriter, record producer, actress, television personality, and philanthropist.

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Member of the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion during WW II. The first smokejumper to perish on a fire jump. 
 
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Colonel William Burgess (1622 - 1686)
Settled in Anne Arundel county in 1649/50.  Justice, delegate, councilor, High sheriff, Commander-in-Chief of militia of 4 counties, and Deputy Governor under Lord Baltimore. Donated 100 acres on which Londontown was built.

 
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Jim Burwell (1898 - 1974)
Co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.  Buried next to Fitz Mayo at Christ Church in Owensville, Maryland.

 
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James Mallahan Cain (1892 - 1977)
Journalist, novelist, and screenwriter; a creator of the roman noir, whose best known crime fiction novels, "The Postman Always Rings Twice", "Double Indemnity" and "Mildred Pierce", were made into films.

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Charles Carroll of Carrollton (1737 - 1832)
Gentleman, patriot, signer of the Declaration of Independence, President of the Maryland State Senate, member of Congress, U.S. Senator, a founder of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Company, investor in local and national banks; board member of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. 

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Samuel Chase (1741 - 1811)
Staunch revolutionary and Federalist, lawyer, member of the Maryland General Assembly and Continental Congress, signer of the Declaration of Independence, trial judge, Maryland Court Chief Justice and U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice.

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Col. Edward Dorsey (1646 - 1705)
Landowner, planter (Hockley-in-the-Hole), boatwright, builder; active in civil and military affairs, General Assembly delegate, Judge of the High Court Chancery, Keeper of the Great Seal of the Province, member of the House of Burgesses.

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Major Charles R. Douglass (1818 - 1895)
Civil War veteran and son of abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Established Highland Beach (Anne Arundel) as an exclusive resort for African-Americans.  The Douglass Summer House built in 1894-5 is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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William Faris (1728 - 1804)
Watch maker, clockmaker, silversmith, designer, portrait painter, cabinetmaker, mirror maker, tulip grower, tavern keeper, dentist, and diarist.

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An expert in many military aircraft during and after World War II, the first woman engineer in research and development at Wright Field, pilot, B-29 Flight Engineer and engineering analyst, aircraft restoration specialist for the National Air and Space Museum, restorer of antique and classic aircraft, and a life-long dedication to aviation education. Inducted into the Women in Aviation Pioneer Hall of Fame in 1994, and into the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame in 2015. She lived in Annapolis for 52 years and won many awards in the field of aviation. Her portrait was added to the First Flight Shrine at the Wright Brothers National Memorial.
 
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Anne Catharine Green (1720 - 1775)
Printer and businesswoman; Maryland’s public (official) printer and publisher of the Maryland Gazette after her husband’s death. Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame.

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Jonas Green (1712 - 1767)  
Newspaper publisher during the Colonial Era in Maryland, and a strong opponent of The Stamp Act. Official printer of the colony of Maryland and publisher of the Maryland Gazette. Jonas Green State Park, Annapolis. Profiled in Men of Letters in Colonial America.

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Johns Hopkins (1795 - 1873)
Quaker, abolitionist, entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist, founder of Johns Hopkins University.  Johns Hopkins medicine biography.

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Reverdy Johnson (1796 - 1876)
American statesman and jurist born in Annapolis. He served as a U.S. Senator, Attorney General, and Ambassador to the United Kingdom. As a defense attorney, he defended Sanford of the Dred Scott case and Mary Surratt, alleged conspirator in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

 
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Lloyd Weldon "Butch" Keaser (1950 -  )
All-American wrestler for the U.S. Naval Academy; first African-American world champion Gold medalist in freestyle wrestling (1973); Olympic Silver medalist (Montreal 1976); inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

 
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Renowned educator and administrator, Dr. Johnny Laycock was the founder of Anne Arundel Community College athletics and longtime Chairman of the Physical Education Department. He was inducted into the NCJAA Hall of Fame in 1999, was the recognized by the Maryland State Legislature for Outstanding Contributions to Health and Physical Education and by a Commendation from the Governor for Service to Physical Education in Anne Arundel County. He received the Dartmouth Award for Outstanding Leadership.
 
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John Charles Linthicum (1867 - 1932)
Teacher, lawyer, Maryland State Delegate and State Senator, U.S. Congressman who co-wrote the bill to repeal prohibition and was the first to introduce a bill to make the Star Spangled Banner the official national anthem.

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John Henry Fitzhugh (Fitz) Mayo (c. 1897 - 1943)
Co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.  Buried next to Jim Burwell at Christ Church in Owensville, Maryland.

 
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William Paca (1740 – 1799)
Wealthy planter, eminent lawyer and judge, delegate to the Continental Congress, signer of the Declaration of Independence, Governor of Maryland, U.S. Federal Judge. The William Paca House and Gardens in Annapolis, built 1763-75, is open to visitors.

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Travis Alan Pastrana (1983 - )
Born in Annapolis, motorsports competitor, NASCAR driver, and stunt performer. Member of the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame.


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Charles Willson Peale (1741 - 1827)
American painter best known for his portraits of the leading figures of the American Revolution and as the founder of the first major museum in the United States.

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Raphaelle Peale (1774 - 1825)  
Born in Annapolis, son of Charles Willson Peale, Raphaelle was considered the first professional American painter of still-life.

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Babe Phelps (1908 - 1992)
Catcher for the Washington Senators, Chicago Cubs, Brooklyn Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates. National League All-Star.

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Television personality, former weatherman, actor and talk show host, best known as the host of the American television game show Wheel of Fortune. Philanthropist: Lesly and Pat Sajak Pavillion of the Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis. Residence in Severna Park, Maryland.

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Severna Park High School Field Hockey Coach Lil Shelton retired in 2011, after a tenure that began in 1975 and included a national record of 20 4A state championships in 37 seasons. Shelton's career record was 544-60-10, with 31 Anne Arundel County Championships and 29 regional titles. She started the Maryland State Field Hockey Coaches' Association in 1989. Lil is a resident of Severna Park, Maryland.
 
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Joseph “Zastrow” Simms (1934 - 2013)
Long-standing community activist and youth advocate; remembered as flamboyant and funny, he was devoted to helping the people of Annapolis.

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Dr. Stuart Walker (1923 - )
Olympic yachtsman, writer, and a professor of pediatrics; won many national and international 
sailing championships in different classes; founded the Severn Sailing Association; inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame (2013).

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A native of Brooklyn Park, MD, Bernie Walter was the most successful high school baseball coach in Maryland history during his 36 years at Arundel. Walter won 670 games during his career that ended in 2009, winning 15 regional titles and a record 10 Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association state championships. His teams also finished second in the state tournament three times and won 16 Anne Arundel County titles. Walter's 1993 Arundel team was selected mythical national champions by Collegiate Baseball. He was selected for the 2017 class of the National High School Hall of Fame administered by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
 
 
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Mason Locke Weems (1759 - 1825)
Known as Parson Weems.  American book agent and author.  Originator of the George Washington cherry tree tale in The Life of Washington (1800).


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Montel Brian Anthony Williams (1956 - )
American television personality, talk show host, and actor.  Best known for The Montel Williams Show.  Founder of the non-profit MS Foundation, and spokesperson for Partnership for Prescription Assistance.

 
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Edward Woodfall (abt 1866 - 1944)
The English-born Woodfall was a noted local architect and builder. He was also a Glen Burnie resident and constructed many of the community's earliest homes and public buildings.The First Avenue School, Glen Burnie (1899), is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.