Charles Benedict Calvert

Charles Benedict Calvert

Riverdale Park, Prince George's County, Maryland, USA
Death 12 May 1864 (aged 55)
Riverdale Park, Prince George's County, Maryland, USA
Burial Riverdale Park, Prince George's County, Maryland, USA
Memorial ID 33375771 · View Source
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US Congressman, Agriculturalist. He graduated from the University of Virginia and was an agriculturalist that was dedicated to the field in which was instrumental with the formation of the Prince George's County Agricultural Society, the Maryland State Agricultural Society and the United States Agricultural Society. In 1856 he founded the Maryland Agricultural College which was the first agriculture college in the United States and he was the President of the Board of Trustees. It is now the University of Maryland at College Park. He was also a well known philanthropist. He served in the Maryland House of Delegates in 1839, 1843 and 1844. In 1860 he was elected as a Unionist to the Thirty-seventh Congress and served from March 4, 1861 to March 3, 1863. During his term, he aggressively worked for the establishment of a federal Department of Agriculture, a goal that was realized after his death. Calvert died at the Plantation Riversdale in the same house he was born.

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