- HOWARD, George, governor of Maryland, was born at "Belvedere," Baltimore county, Md., Nov. 21, 1789; son of Gen. John Eager and Peggy Oswald (Chew) Howard. He was educated at home by tutors, and first appeared in public life by his appointment as acting governor of Maryland, July 11, 1831, on the death of Gov. Daniel Martin. He was elected to the office in 1831 and re-elected in 1839, serving 1831-33, when he was succeeded by James Thomas. He was a Whig presidential elector in 1836 and 1840, voting in both elections for William H. Harrison. He was a slaveholder and supporter of the fugitive slave law. He was married, Dec. 26, 1811, to Prudence Gough, daughter of Gov. Charles C. and Priscilla (Dorsey) Ridgely, and had eight sons and five daughters, born and brought up on the family estate, "Waverly," near Woodstock, Howard county, Md. Governor Howard died at "Waverly," Md., Aug. 9, 1846.
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