Statesman; born in Dorchester county, Md.
, Sept. 2, 1798; was a farmer in early life; was often in the State legislature, and was governor of the commonwealth from 1858 to 1862.
He was elected to the United States Senate in 1862, for the unexpired term of a deceased Senator
, and re-elected for the term ending in 1867.
When the Civil War
broke out, Governor Hicks
stood firmly for the Union
He declared, in a proclamation after the attack on the Massachusetts
regiment in Baltimore
(April 19, 1861), that all his authority would be exercised in support of the government (see Baltimore
). By his patriotism and firmness, Maryland
was saved from attempting secession from the Union
He died in Washington, D. C.
, Feb. 13, 1865.