Daily Archives: March 27, 2014

27 March Sunday – A shower of Rain at sunrise, but afterwards an uncommonly fine Spring day and very Warm, the Thermometer as high as 75 in a Shade. Din’d at home without company, aferwards drove to Furley & Fortune – Wm. R. Smith & Jno. Merryman call’d

From the journal of Captain Henry Thompson, March 27, 1814. Courtesy the Friends of Clifton.

On March 27, 1814, William Smith, a local politician and merchant who represented Maryland at the Continental Congress, died at home in Baltimore. Born in 1728 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Smith moved to Baltimore Town in 1761. At the start of the American Revolution, Smith  joined the Baltimore Committee of Observation and, in 1777, became a member of the Continental Congress. In 1789, he took office as the first representative of Maryland’s 4th Congressional District to the First United States Congress at Federal Hall in New York City.

William Smith, member of the Continental Congress.
The pictorial field-book of the Revolution. NYPL, 1239453.