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MARYLAND MD                                             Political  History
  • April 28, 1788 - Maryland becomes the seventh state when it ratifies the Constitution.  
    Area -
    12,297 sq. miles      Capital - Annapolis
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    Motto - Fatti maschii, parole femine  (Italian - Manly deeds, womanly words.)    Nickname - Evergreen State
- In 1664 Maryland makes illegal the marriage of white women to black men, the first state to do so.
- July 6 - Maryland Convention declared independence from Great Britain on July 6, 1776.
- Nov. 3 - Declaration of Rights (Maryland's Bill of Rights) adopted by Ninth Provincial Convention on Nov. 3, 1776. 
- The Church of England in Maryland is disestablished in 1776.
- The first governor, Thomas Johnson, elected by General Assembly is inaugurated in 1777.
- Francis Scott Key, author of the words to our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, is born in Caroll County in 1780.
- Maryland in 1781 is the deciding state that ratified, making effective, the Articles of Confederation.
- John Hanson in 1781 is elected President of the United States in Congress Assembled.
- George Washington resigns his commission as commander in chief of The Continental Army at State House in Annapolis in 1783.
- The Mt. Vernon Compact is ratified by Maryland in 1786.
- The US Constitutional Convention of 1787 gives the states the right to set voting qualifications.  Women lose the right to vote in Maryland.
- The U.S. Constitution is signed by Marylanders Daniel Carroll, James McHenry, and Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, at Philadelphia on Sept. 17, 1787.
- The Maryland Convention in 1788 ratifies the U.S. Constitution, making Maryland the seventh state to do so.
- In 1789 Maryland ratifies the federal Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to U.S. Constitution.
- Maryland cedes land in 1791, for a federal District of Columbia.
- A Maryland 1796 law forbids the import of slaves for sale, allowing voluntary slave emancipation.
- An 1802 constitutional amendment removes property qualifications for voting in local and State elections. This effectively extends the vote to all adult white males.
- Viva voce voting at elections are changed to voting by ballot in 1803.
- An 1810 constitutional amendment extends vote of adult white males to federal elections; property qualifications are removed for presidential, and congressional elections.
- Property qualifications for State office holding is removed by the 1810 constitutional amendment.
- Free blacks are excluded from voting in 1810.
- In 1826 Jews are allowed the vote and the religious qualification to hold a civil office is removed.
- After the Nat Turner rebellion in Virginia, Maryland laws are enacted in 1832 to restrict free blacks.
- Governor and State senators first elected by voters on October 3, 1838, rather than by the legislature.
- Over five years beginning in 1854 the Know Nothing Party gains popularity.
- The General Assembly passes the Jacobs bill in 1860 to enslave already free blacks. The measure failed referendum.
- The Constitutional Union party is formed in Baltimore in 1860.
- The November, 1860 Maryland Presidential election gives John C. Breckinridge, a Southern rights Democrat, 42,482 votes; John Bell, Constitutional Union 41,760 votes; Stephen A. Douglas, a popular sovereignty Democrat, 5,966 votes; and Abraham Lincoln, Republican, 2,294 votes.
- Congressional elections of June 13, 1861 elect a Unionist delegation.
- Voters in 1861 defeat States' Rights candidate for governor, ex-Congressman Benjamin Chew Howard.
- Maryland slaves are set free by the State Constitution of 1864.         
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- In April 1865 John Wilkes Booth assassinates President Abraham Lincoln, escaping through Prince George's and Charles counties.
- General Assembly mandates in 1972 separate but equal white and black schools.
- Harry S. Cummings, in 1890, wins a seat on Baltimore City Council, becoming the first black to hold a major elective office in Maryland.
- In 1894 the first child labor law is passed also the first pure milk law passes.
- Maryland in 1896 adopts an improved "secret" ballot.
- The 1896 General Assembly passes a law that ends the electing of one U.S. senator from Eastern Shore and passes a law that restrains courts from ordering reporters to divulge their sources.
- A 1901 Election law replaces symbols with words on ballots.
- Child labor under the age of twelve is forbidden by law in 1902.
- The first in the nation Workmen's compensation law is enacted in 1902 but later overturned in courts.
- A 1902 mandatory school attendance law is passed.
- The 1904 Kerbin "Jim Crow" public accommodations law is enacted.
- Primary elections, for some localities, and campaign reform are enacted in 1908.
- Voters defeat the 1909 Straus anti-black voting amendment.
- In 1910 the Workmen's compensation law is redrafted and enacted.
- The 1910 anti-prostitution measures are enacted.
- First statewide primary election in Maryland is held August 30, 1910.
- Laws enacted in 1912 are the ten-hour work law for women and the strengthening of the child-labor laws.
- Party presidential primaries are adopted in 1912.
- The 1915 Education reform measures are enacted.
- State Board of Motion Picture Censors is authorized in 1916.
- The 1916 constitutional amendment of the Executive budget process, mandates balanced State budgets. 
- The Compulsory work law is enacted in 1917.
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- Maryland Women vote for first time on November 2, 1920.
- Mary Risteau is the first woman in the Maryland House of Delegates in 1921. She is the first women to preside over the House and on the State Board of Education in 1922.
- The 1922 Quadrennial Elections Amendment mandates general elections every four years instead of every two, beginning in 1926.
- Albert C. Ritchie campaigns for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1924.
- In 1926 Baltimore equalizes pay for black and white teachers.
- Grammar-school education is mandated in 1928.
- June - Albert C. Ritchie loses his second bid for presidency in 1932.
- Mary Risteau in 1935 becomes the first women member of the Maryland State Senate. In 1936 she is the first Maryland Women Delegate to a Democrat National Convention. Risteau becomes in Harford County, 1937, the first female clerk of a Maryland Circuit Court.

- Maryland's State income tax is instituted in 1937.
- During World War II the 1943 "Work or fight" law is enacted.
- In 1947 a higher income tax is legislated. 
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- The first state sales tax in the nation is instituted in Maryland in 1947.
- The constitutional amendments of 1948 limit the governor terms to two years and mandates annual meetings of the State Legislature.

- Public School integration begins in Baltimore, M.D. in 1954.

- Voting machines are used for the first time in 1956 for elections throughout the State.
- The Equal Employment ordinance is enacted in 1956 in Baltimore.
- Spiro T. Agnew, Republican, becomes governor in 1967. Agnew serves as governor until 1969 when he becomes Vice President to President Nixon.
- Marvin Mandel is elected governor by the General Assembly in January, 1969 to replace Vice President-elect Sprio T. Agnew. Mandel adopts the cabinet system for the State government.
- New environmental legislation enacted in 1970.
- The State equal rights amendment enacted in 1972.
- Maryland ratifies the women's equal rights amendment to U.S. Constitution.
- The general election of November 7, 1972 is the first in Maryland where registered voters as young as 18 years of age are allowed to cast ballots.
- 1977Marvin Mandel found guilty on mail fraud charges in 1977,  He appeals the decision and was succeeded by Lt. Governor Blair Lee III.
- 1977-79 - Blair Lee III, Democrat, becomes acting governor.

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