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Lansdale Ghiselin Sasscer

Lansdale Ghiselin Sasscer (September 30, 1893 – November 5, 1964) represented the fifth district of the state of Maryland in the United States House of Representatives for seven terms from 1939 to 1953.

Lansdale Ghiselin Sasscer
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Lansdale Ghiselin Sasscer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 5th district
In office
February 3, 1939[1] – January 3, 1953[1]
Preceded byStephen W. Gambrill[2]
Succeeded byFrank Small, Jr.[2]
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
In office
Personal details
Born(1893-09-30)September 30, 1893
Upper Marlboro, Maryland
DiedNovember 5, 1964(1964-11-05) (aged 71)
Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Agnes (Goffren) Sasscer[3]
ChildrenAgnes Lansdale "Dolly" Sasscer,
Lucy Claggett Sasscer,
Lansdale Ghiselin Sasscer, Jr.[3]
ResidenceUpper Marlboro, Maryland
Alma materTome School,
Dickinson School of Law[2]

Sasscer was born in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and graduated from Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 1914. He was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Upper Marlboro. During World War I, he served from 1917 to 1919, being overseas for thirteen months as a first lieutenant in the Fifty-ninth Artillery of the United States Army.[2]

After the War, Sasscer resumed the practice of law, and served as a member of the Maryland State Senate from 1922 to 1938, serving as President of the Senate in 1935 and 1937. He was delegate to the 1924 and 1936 Democratic National Conventions, and vice chairman of the committee on reorganization of the State government in 1939.

Sasscer was elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Congress to fill the vacancy left open as a result of the death of Stephen Gambrill, serving from February 3, 1939, to January 3, 1953.[1] Sasscer chose not to run for re-election in 1952, and instead attempted to win election to the United States Senate seat being vacated by Herbert O'Conor, but lost the nomination to George P. Mahoney. Afterwards, he resumed the practice of law in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.[4]


Sasscer's family has lived in Upper Marlboro since the 1760s.[5]

Sasscer married Agnes Goffren in 1919 and had three children, Agnes Lansdale "Dolly" Sasscer, Lucy Claggett Sasscer and Lansdale Ghiselin Sasscer, Jr.[3]

Sasscer was a resident of Upper Marlboro until his death there in 1964.[4] He is interred in Trinity Episcopal Church Cemetery in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Rep. Lansdale Sasscer". Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d "SASSCER, Lansdale Ghiselin, (1893 - 1964)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c Doliante, Sharon J. (1998). Maryland and Virginia Colonials. Baltimore: Clearfield Company. p. 928. ISBN 978-0806312934.
  4. ^ a b c "Sasscer, Lansdale Ghiselin, (1893 - 1964)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Office of Art and Archives, US Congress. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  5. ^ Valentine, Daniel (11 June 2009). "Former delegate was witness to county's transformation". Prince George's Gazette. Retrieved 18 January 2013.

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