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Walter Jenifer Mitchell
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Birth: Mar. 16, 1871
Death: Mar. 10, 1955

Former state senator and president of same body. Former judge state court of appeals. A county elementary school in La Plata is named in his honor.

From the Charles County Board of Education website:

Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School Opened 1965

First elected as a Democrat to the Maryland Senate in 1917, Walter Jenifer Mitchell served as Senate President from 1931 to 1933. He served three terms on the Senate overall. While in office, Mitchell worked to pass a bill authorizing the building of several county high schools. Before this bill passed, there were no high schools in Charles County. After the bill's passage, Glasva, Nanjemoy, Pomonkey and La Plata high schools were built.

Mitchell was born on March 16, 1871, at his family's farm on what is now Mitchell Road. As a boy, Mitchell worked on the farm and received an education from the Charlotte Hall Military Academy. He worked to pay his own way through the University of Maryland Law School in Baltimore. He graduated in 1894 and returned to La Plata where he bought the two county newspapers, The Port Tobacco Times and The La Plata Crescent. Mitchell combined them to make the Times-Crescent in 1897.

In 1899, Mitchell married Florence Jenifer from Baltimore County. Together, they raised three boys and two girls. One of his sons, James C. Mitchell, took over as editor of the Times-Crescent in 1934. Walter Mitchell was a founder, president and director of County Trust Company, now part of Bank of America, in La Plata.

Because of Mitchell's accomplishments, in 1934 Maryland Governor Albert Ritchie appointed him Judge of the 7th Judicial District and Associate Judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals, the highest state court. In 1941, Mitchell retired and returned to La Plata where he continued practicing law until his death in March 1955.

Source: The Mitchell Family. 
Family links: 
  Florence Jenifer Mitchell (1868 - 1957)
  Mary Emily Mitchell (1900 - 1983)*
  James Craik Mitchell (1905 - 1989)*
  Elizabeth Mitchell Schmick (1912 - 2006)*
*Calculated relationship
Mount Rest Cemetery
La Plata
Charles County
Maryland, USA
Created by: Fred Sanford
Record added: May 10, 2011
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Walter Jenifer Mitchell
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Walter Jenifer Mitchell
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