Ephraim King Wilson II

Ephraim King Wilson II (December 22, 1821 – February 24, 1891) the son of Ephraim King Wilson, was a Congressional Representative and a Senator from Maryland.

Ephraim King Wilson
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United States Senator
from Maryland
In office
March 4, 1885 – February 24, 1891
Preceded byJames B. Groome
Succeeded byCharles H. Gibson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875
Preceded bySamuel Hambleton
Succeeded byPhilip F. Thomas
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
In office
Personal details
Born(1821-12-22)December 22, 1821
Snow Hill, Maryland
DiedFebruary 24, 1891(1891-02-24) (aged 69)
Washington, D.C.
Political partyDemocratic


Ephraim King Wilson II was born in Snow Hill, Maryland, and attended Union Academy at Snow Hill and Washington Academy in Princess Anne, Maryland.[1] He graduated from Jefferson College in 1840 and taught school for six years. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1848 and began a practice in Snow Hill.

He was a member of the State House of Delegates in 1847 and presidential elector on the Democratic ticket in 1852. Because of ill health he abandoned his law practice in 1867 and retired to his farm. In 1868 he was the examiner and treasurer of the school board of Worcester County, Maryland and was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-third Congress from Maryland's 1st congressional district of Maryland in 1873. He declined to be a candidate for re-nomination in 1874. He was a judge of the first judicial circuit of Maryland from 1878 to 1884 and elected as a Democrat in 1884 to the United States Senate, serving from March 4, 1885 until his death in Washington on February 24, 1891.[2]

He was the grandson of American Revolutionary War hero John Gunby and also the adoptive father of future Governor of Maryland, John Walter Smith. He is buried in the churchyard of Makemie Memorial Presbyterian Church in Snow Hill.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography. Vol. I. James T. White & Company. 1893. pp. 295–296. Retrieved April 14, 2021 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "Senator Wilson Dead". The Baltimore Sun. Washington. February 25, 1891. p. 1. Retrieved April 14, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
U.S. Senate
Preceded by U.S. senator (Class 3) from Maryland
Served alongside: Arthur P. Gorman
Succeeded by