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Harry Whinna Nice (December 5, 1877 – February 25, 1941), a member of the United States Republican Party, was the 50th Governor of Maryland in the United States from 1935 to 1939.[1][2]

Harry W. Nice
Harry Whinna Nice, photo portrait head and shoulders.jpg
50th Governor of Maryland
In office
January 9, 1935 – January 11, 1939
Preceded byAlbert C. Ritchie
Succeeded byHerbert R. O'Conor
Baltimore City Council
In office
Personal details
Born(1877-12-05)December 5, 1877
Washington, D.C.
DiedFebruary 25, 1941(1941-02-25) (aged 63)
Richmond, Virginia
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Edna Viola Amos
ResidenceBaltimore, Maryland


Harry Nice was born in Washington D.C., but was raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He later attended Baltimore City College, Dickinson College and graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1899. He was married to Edna Viola Amos in 1905, with whom he had two sons, Harry Jr, and William, who died in childhood.

Nice served as assistant to the State's Attorney in Baltimore, but later resigned to run for the Republican nomination for governor of Maryland in 1919. He lost to Democrat Albert C. Ritchie by a narrow margin. Following the defeat, Nice accepted a position in the Appeals Tax Court of Baltimore City as a judge from 1920 until 1924. In 1934, running under the campaign motto of "Right the wrong of 1919", Nice again challenged Ritchie and defeated him by 6,149 votes.

Nice rose to become governor during the national depression, which brought great financial hardships to the state budget. To help find a solution to the situation, Nice assigned a committee to investigate ways of alleviating the debt, but was not pleased with the recommendations of raising taxes. Neither he nor the Maryland General Assembly felt it would be wise to raise taxes at such a rate. Also as governor, Nice redesigned the governors' residence at Government House, changing the architectural style from Victorian to Georgian.

After losing the support of his party, Nice was defeated by Herbert R. O'Conor in 1938. He attempted to run for the U.S. Senate in 1940, but was unsuccessful and resumed his law practice in Baltimore. He died on February 25, 1941 in Richmond, Virginia.[3] He is buried in Greenmount Cemetery.

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  1. ^ "Harry W. Nice (1877-1941) Biographical Series; Governor of Maryland, 1935-1939 (Republican)". Archives of Maryland, MSA SC 3520-1481. Maryland State Government. 14 March 2001. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  2. ^ White, Jr., Frank F. (1970). The Governors of Maryland 1777-1970. Annapolis: The Hall of Records Commission. p. 265-268. ISBN 978-0942370010.
  3. ^ "Ex-Governor, H. W. Nice of Maryland, 63. One of 3 Republicans Elected to the Office, Served From 1935 Until 1939. Dies in Richmond, Virginia. After Defeating Ritchie Was Mentioned for Presidency Long a Baltimore Official". New York Times.
  4. ^ MdTA toll facilities: southern region: Nice Bridge at
  • Harry W. Nice biography. December 9, 1998. Maryland State Archives. October 25, 2004. [1]
Political offices
Preceded by
Albert Ritchie
Governor of Maryland
Succeeded by
Herbert O'Conor
Party political offices
Preceded by
William F. Broening
Republican nominee for Governor of Maryland
1934, 1938
Succeeded by
Theodore McKeldin