Thomas Beale Dorsey

Thomas Beale Dorsey (1780–1855) was an American farmer, lawyer, politician and judge serving Anne Arundel County and Maryland.[3]

Thomas Beale Dorsey
Born17 October 1780
Died26 December 1855 (aged 75)
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Milcah Goodwin
ChildrenRebecca Comfort (Davis), Samuel Worthington, John Thomas Beale
Parent(s)John Worthington Dorsey and Comfort Worthington
RelativesCaleb Dorsey, Edward Dorsey, John Worthington Dorsey Jr., Col Charles Samuel Worthington[1]

Early lifeEdit

In 1807 Dorsey became a member of the Baltimore City House of Delegates. During this time he was a member of the Committee of Grievances & Courts of Justice, Committee on Laws to Expire, Committee to Consider and Report on the Communication from the Governors of New Jersey and Delaware, and the Committee to Examine Laws of Maryland Regulating the Election of Members of Congress.

In 1811 Dorsey was appointed to be the U.S. District Attorney for Maryland. Following his term, he was elected to the House of Delegates representing Anne Arundel County as a Republican, but was defeated in his 1814 election. In 1816 and 1821, he became a Senatorial Elector for Anne Arundel County. Dorsey attained the position of Attorney General of Maryland in 1822, serving until 1824. In 1824, he was appointed as Chief Judge, First Judicial District. He remained as an Associate Judge for the Maryland Court of Appeals until 1848, when he became the Chief Judge until 1851. After 1851, he served on the board of directors of the Patapsco Female Institute.[4]

Dorsey is credited in his efforts to convert the Howard District of Anne Arundel, into Howard County, Maryland. His son John Thomas Beale maintained a Howard County Farm, but served for the southern confederacy.[5] He was also the father of Samuel Worthington Dorsey.

Dorsey lived at Mt. Hebron, a stone home built by his father in 1808. Dorsey operated a farm at the location with 49 slaves listed in the 1840 census.[6] As a tobacco farmer, Dorsey's products were the highest quality of the time fetching a record 319 pounds Sterling at Elkridge Landing for a 707lb hogshead in 1824.[7] Mount Hebron High School, built in 1966, is named after the manor[8]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Joshua Dorsey Warfield. The founders of Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, Maryland. p. 495.
  2. ^ "XI. MARYLAND. GOVERNMENT. JUDICIARY. Court of Chancery. Court of Appeals. Court of the City of Baltimore. AMENDMENTS OF THE CONSTITUTION. MILITIA". The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge: 165. 1839.
  3. ^ "Maryland State Archives". Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  4. ^ Isabella Margaret Elizabeth Blandin. History of Higher Education of Women in the South Prior to 1860. p. 173.
  5. ^ "Maryland State Archives". Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  6. ^ "Maryland State Archives". Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  7. ^ "Prices Current". The American Farmer, Containing Original Essays and Selections on Rural Economy and Internal Improvement: 32. 16 April 1824.
  8. ^ Howard County Historical Society. Howard County. p. 84.
  • Out of the Depths, Or, The Triumph of the Cross - Nellie Arnold Plummer, G.K. Hall (1927) - Written by the daughter of Adam and Emily Plummer, former slaves at Mt. Hebron.

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Preceded by
Luther Martin
Attorney General of Maryland
Succeeded by
Thomas Kell