Grason, William & Bland, Theodorick

1839 Allegany County, Maryland land grant signed by Governor Grason and Chancellor Bland

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WILLIAM GRASON (1788-1868) 25th Governor of Maryland (1839-42), an Anti-Jacksonian member of the Maryland House of Delegates 1828-29, member of the State Senate 1852-53. He was the 1st Maryland Governor directly elected by the general electorate and the 1st elected from the Eastern Shore due to a system that rotated the governorship by requiring the governor come from one of 3 regions in sequence. During his gubernatorial term he confronted the payment of Marylandís debts, primarily because the State indulged in lavish subsidizing of internal improvement projects, without additional taxation to pay off the debt. He returned to his farm in Queen Anneís County after his term ended. In 1850, Queen Anneís County Democrats chose him to be a delegate to the Constitutional Convention, and in the same year he was elected to the State Senate, defeated for re-election in 1856. THEODORICK BLAND (1776-1846) Virginia-born Maryland lawyer, statesman, and federal judge. Admitted to the bar in 1797, he practiced law in Danville, Va., then in Tennessee, Kentucky, and finally in Baltimore ca. 1800. He was elected to the State House of Delegates in 1809 and helped write a new state criminal code. He was secretary of the Baltimore Committee of Public Safety from 1812 and appointed an associate judge for the 6th Judicial District of Maryland (Baltimore and Harford Counties) serving to 1817. During the War of 1812, he was Secretary of the city's Committee of Safety, active in defense of the city at the time of British invasion. He, Caesar A. Rodney and John Graham were selected by President Monroe in Nov. 1817 for a special diplomatic mission, the South American Commission of 1817-18. Bland received a recess appointment from President Monroe to the US District Court for the District of Maryland and was confirmed by the Senate Jan. 5, 1820. He resigned Aug. 16, 1824 to become Maryland Chancellor. 11 x 14 vellum DS, Np (Annapolis), June 4 1839, signed by Grason as Governor and by Bland as Chancellor and witness at top left above impressed seal. Grant of 117 3/8 acres in Allegany County, Maryland to William Carroll (grandson of Constitution Framer Daniel Carroll) called "Cornwall".

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