World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Charles Benedict Calvert

Article Id: WHEBN0003147617
Reproduction Date:

Title: Charles Benedict Calvert  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: John Work Scott, Charles Calvert, University of Maryland, College Park benefactors, Belgian American, List of Presidents of the University of Maryland, College Park
Collection: 1808 Births, 1864 Deaths, American People of Belgian Descent, American People of English Descent, Calvert Family, Maryland Unionists, Members of the Maryland House of Delegates, Members of the United States House of Representatives from Maryland, People from Riverdale Park, Maryland, People of Maryland in the American Civil War, Presidents of the University of Maryland, College Park, Unionist Party Members of the United States House of Representatives, University of Maryland, College Park Benefactors, University of Virginia Alumni
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Charles Benedict Calvert

Charles Benedict Calvert
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1861 – March 3, 1863
Preceded by George Wurtz Hughes
Succeeded by District abolished
Personal details
Born August 23, 1808 (1808-08-23)
Riversdale, Maryland
Died May 12, 1864(1864-05-12) (aged 55)
Riverdale Park, Maryland
Spouse(s) Charlotte Augusta Norris (1816–1876)
Occupation Banking

Charles Benedict Calvert (August 23, 1808 – May 12, 1864) was an American politician who was a U.S. Representative from the sixth district of Maryland, serving one term from 1861–1863. He was an early backer of the inventors of the telegraph, and in 1856 he founded the Maryland Agricultural College, the first agricultural research college in America, now known as the University of Maryland. He was a direct descendant of the Lords Baltimore, proprietary governors of the Province of Maryland from 1631 until 1776.


  • Early life 1
  • Education 2
  • Science and agriculture 3
  • Politics 4
  • Marriage and children 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

Calvert was born on August 23, 1808 at his family's estate at Loyalist politician Benedict Swingate Calvert (c.1730–1788) - a natural son of the penultimate Proprietary Governor of Maryland, Charles Calvert, 5th Baron Baltimore - and his wife Elizabeth Calvert (1731 – 1788).


Calvert completed his preparatory studies at Bladensburg Academy of Maryland. Later, he received a certificate of completion from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1827, even though he attended the university spuriously, and engaged in agricultural pursuits and stock breeding.

Science and agriculture

Calvert was a strong backer of the inventors of the telegraph, Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail. On April 9, 1844, Morse and Vail successfully tested their device by transmitting a message from the nation's capital to the Calvert home, Riversdale.[1] This test came 45 days before the more celebrated event when Morse sent the message "What hath God wrought?" from Washington to Baltimore, along telegraph lines that ran above the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad line near Riversdale.

Calvert became president of the

Academic offices
Preceded by
Benjamin Hallowell (educator)
President of the Maryland Agricultural College
1860 (acting)
Succeeded by
John Work Scott
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
George Wurtz Hughes
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 6th congressional district

March 4, 1861 – March 3, 1863
Succeeded by
seat abolished
  • Calvert Family Tree Retrieved Jul 10 2013
  • The Calverts and Stiers of Riversdale Retrieved November 2010

External links

  1. ^ "Riversdale Mansion".  Retrieved November 2010
  2. ^ Daily National Republican. "Respect to the Memory of the Late Hon. Charles B. Calvert." May 18, 1864: 1 (Second Edition).
  3. ^ United States. Congress. Office of the Historian. Biographical Directory of the United States 1774 - Present. Office of the Historian. (accessed December 7, 2012).
  4. ^ "Retrieved November 2010". Retrieved 2012-05-14. 


  • Ella Calvert (1840–1902). Ella married Duncan George Campbell on September 3, 1861.
  • George Henry Calvert II (1841–1919), married Frances Seybolt on December 26, 1872.
  • Charles Baltimore Calvert (1843–1906), married Eleanor Mackubin (1840–1932) in Baltimore on June 14, 1866.
  • William Norris Calvert (1845–1889), married Laura Mathilda Hunt (1855–1921) on March 12, 1888.
  • Eugene Stier Calvert (1846–1894)
  • Jules van Havre Calvert (1848–1849), died in infancy.

Charles Calvert married Charlotte Augusta Norris (1816–1876) in Baltimore on June 6, 1839. They had six children:[4]

Marriage and children

Calvert served as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates in 1839, 1843, and 1844.[3] In 1860, Calvert was elected as a Unionist to the Thirty-seventh Congress, serving from March 4, 1861 until March 3, 1863, but was not a candidate for renomination in 1862. He resumed agricultural pursuits until his death at Riversdale, and is interred in Calvert Cemetery.


. United States Department of Agriculture) which was chartered in 1856. Calvert was also one of the early advocates for the establishment of the University of Maryland, College Park He founded the first agricultural research college in America (later known as the Maryland Agricultural College at College Park, and presently known as the [2]

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.