Charles Carnan Ridgely
15th Governor of Maryland
Who was Charles Carnan Ridgely?
Charles Carnan Ridgely was the 15th Governor of Maryland. He was also known as Charles Ridgely of Hampton, and referred to as an aristocrat by a local newspaper. Charles Carnan Ridgely was born Charles Ridgely Carnan. An uncle willed his estate called Hampton to Charles, but he required Charles to change his name which he did.
Charles Carnan Ridgely’s ancestry can be trace back to William the Conqueror and King Edward I. He is also a direct descendant of Magna Carta Surety Sir Saher de Quincy. He also has family connections to the current royal family through the late Princess Diana. His U.S. presidential kin include George Washington, James Madison, William Henry Harrison, William Howard Taft, Calvin Coolidge, and many others.
Charles Carnan Ridgely also has kinship to a number of fellow state governors including Phillips Lee Goldsborough (47th Maryland Governor), William Greene (2nd Rhode Island Governor), Henry Lee III (9th Virginia Governor), Fitzhugh Lee (40th Virginia Governor), Thomas Sim Lee (2nd and 7th Maryland Governor), Harry Byrd (50th Virginia Governor), and many others. Some other notable kin of Charles Carnan Ridgely include outlaw Jesse James, poet Vachel Lindsay, author F. Scott Fitzgerald, Hall of Fame baseball player Cal Ripken, Jr., Salem witchcraft victim Rev. George Burroughs, British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, “Charge of the Light Brigade” leader Lt. Gen. James Brudenell, and Walt Disney.
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