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Herman Stump (August 8, 1837 – January 9, 1917) was an American politician. He is most notable for his service in the Maryland Senate and as a member of the United States House of Representatives.

Herman Stump
Herman Stump (Maryland Congressman).jpg
From Volume 2 (1919) of Genealogical and Memorial Encyclopedia of the State of Maryland
U.S. Superintendent of Immigration
In office
April 8, 1893 – July 16, 1897
Preceded byWilliam D. Owen
Succeeded byTerence V. Powderly
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1889 – March 3, 1893
Preceded byFrank Thomas Shaw
Succeeded byJoshua Frederick Cockey Talbott
President of the Maryland State Senate
In office
Preceded byEdward Lloyd
Succeeded byGeorge Hawkins Williams
Member of the Maryland Senate
In office
Personal details
Born(1837-08-08)August 8, 1837
Oakington Farm, Harford County, Maryland.
DiedJanuary 9, 1917(1917-01-09) (aged 79)
Bel Air, Maryland
Political partyDemocratic

Early lifeEdit

Stump was born on Oakington Farm in Harford County, Maryland, the son of John Wilson Stump and Sarah (Biays) Stump.[1] He was educated by private tutors and attended Delaware College.[1] Stump studied law with his cousin Henry W. Archer, was admitted to the bar in 1856, and commenced practice in Bel Air.[1]

Start of careerEdit

He became a noted trial attorney, and was notable for his representation of several female defendants in murder cases.[1] He also became active in the Maryland Militia, and attained the rank of colonel.[1] Stump purchased a Bel Air plantation called "Waverly", where he farmed and raised livestock.[1]

Political careerEdit

Stump was elected to the Maryland State Senate in 1878 and served until 1880.[1] He served as chairman of the state Democratic convention in 1879, and was the Senate's President pro tempore in 1880.[1]

In 1888, Stump was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.[1] He served in the 51st and 52nd Congresses (March 4, 1889 - March 3, 1893).[1] He was not a candidate for re-nomination in 1892.[1]

After the completion of his last term in Congress, Stump was appointed U.S. Superintendent of Immigration by President Grover Cleveland and served from April 8, 1893 to July 16, 1897.[1]

Later lifeEdit

Stump practiced law in Bel Air until retiring in 1902, after which he continued to reside at Waverly.[1] He died at Waverly on January 9, 1917 and was interred in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Emmorton, Maryland.[2]


In 1903, Stump married Mary Fernandez de Velasco (1853-1944) of New York City.[1] They had no children.[1]




  • Spencer, Richard Henry (1919). Genealogical and Memorial Encyclopedia of the State of Maryland. 2. New York, NY: American Historical Society, Inc.
  • Spencer, Thomas E. (1998). Where They're Buried. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-8063-4823-0.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Edward Lloyd
President of the Maryland State Senate
Succeeded by
George Hawkins Williams
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Frank Thomas Shaw
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Joshua Frederick Cockey Talbott