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Thomas George Pratt Broadside

Identifier: SC-MS-020

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As governor of Maryland, Thomas G. Pratt issued a proclamation designating Thursday, November 16, 1846, to be observed as a day of public thanksgiving in the state of Maryland. At that time, it was customary for the governor to annually assign such a day. This proclamation is dated October 8, 1846.


  • Creation: 1846 October 8


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Biographical Note

Thomas George Pratt, thirtieth governor of Maryland (1844-1847), was born in Washington, D.C. on February 18, 1804. Educated at Georgetown College, Pratt studied law and began his practice in 1823. He was a member of the Maryland house of delegates from 1832 to 1835; in 1836, became a member of the state electoral college and served as president of the last executive council of Maryland; and in 1838, was elected to the state senate for six years. In 1844 Pratt was elected governor as a member of the Whig party and was re-elected in 1846.

Pratt served as a U.S. Senator from 1849-1857, first completing an unexpired term and then being re-elected. In 1856 he joined the Democratic Conservative Party. After his term expired, he returned to Annapolis until 1846, when he moved to Baltimore. During the Civil War he supported the Confederacy, for which he was confined in Fortress Monroe for a few weeks. Pratt died in Baltimore on November 9, 1869.

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Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by Dr. Samuel T. Chambers in the Spring of 1977.

Processing Information

In 2014, this manuscript collection was re-foldered and re-housed with current archival standard materials by Christine Hockaday.

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