- RIDGELY, Charles, governor of Maryland, was born in Baltimore, Md., Dec. 6, 1760; son of John and Achsah (Ridgely) Holliday Carman; grandson of Charles Carman of Reading, England, and of Col. Charles Ridgely. He was baptized Charles Ridgely Carman, but was adopted by his uncle, Capt. Charles Ridgely, whose fortune he inherited in 1790, on condition that he should assume his name. He was married, Oct. 17, 1782, to Priscilla, daughter of Caleb and Priscilla (Still) Dorsey of Howard county, Md. He was a member of the Maryland senate, brigadier-general of the 11th Maryland brigade in 1794, and governor of Maryland, 1815, 1816 and 1817. He was the owner of 400 slaves, all of whom became free by the terms of his will. He died at Hampton, Baltimore county, Md., July 17, 1829.
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