22nd Governor of Maryland
Who was George Howard?
George Howard was the 22nd Governor of Maryland. He is said to be the only son of a governor to be elected as governor. His father was Maryland Governor John Eager Howard. His father-in-law Charles Carnan Ridgely was also a Maryland Governor. George Howard was given the plantation known as “Waverley” by his father as a wedding gift. It is said that as many as one thousand slaves worked on the plantation at one time. However, he was also receptive to the idea of colonizing free slave in Africa. His is said to have commented to the Maryland legislature, “The prosecution of this system may probably at some distant day, tend to the restoration of the whole of our colored population, to the land of their forfathers.”
The known famous kin of Gov. George Howard include his father Gov. John Eager Howard, Nobel Prize winner Thomas Hunt Morgan, and Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr.
Please note: The ancestor reports on this website have been compiled from thousands of different sources, many over 100 years old. These sources are attached to each ancestor so that you can personally judge their reliability. As with any good genealogical research, if you discover a link to your own family tree, consider it a starting point for further research. It is always preferable to locate primary records where possible. FamousKin.com cannot and does not guarantee the accuracy and reliability of these sources.