Maryland General Assembly - Margaret Brent Gazebo - St Mary's, MD
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N 38° 11.075 W 076° 26.042
18S E 374408 N 4227267
One of many historical markers in St Mary's, Maryland.
Waymark Code: WM15EA4
Location: Maryland, United States
Date Posted: 12/18/2021
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
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The plaque says, "Margaret Brent (ca 1601-1671) a catholic gentle woman lived in maryland from 1638 to 1650. In June 1647 the dying governor Leonard Calvert made her executrix of his estate with power to pay the soldiers. He had hired to put down a protestant rebellion. Margaret Brent's skill in carrying out this mission preserved Lord Baltimore's authority and his policy of religious toleration. During this crisis she unsuccessfully requested two votes in the assembly. One for herself and one as Lord Baltimore's agent. This is the first known effort of a women in American to vote in legislative assembly."

“Came Mrs. Margaret Brent and requested to have vote in the House for herself and voice His Lordship’s attorney. The Governor denied
In 1648 Margaret Brent Asks for “Vote...And Voyce” said Mrs. Brent should have any vote in the house, and the said Mrs. Brent protested against all proceedings in this present Assembly, unless she may be present and have vote as aforesaid.” —Assembly Proceedings, Friday, January 21, 1648.

“Your Lordship’s estate...was better for the colony’s safety at that time in her hands that in any man’s else in the whole Province after your brother’s death, for the soldiers would never have treated any other with...civility and respect.” —Assembly to Lord Baltimore, April 21, 1649."
St Mary's, MD, USA

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