; born in Kent county, Md.
, in 1732; became a colonel in the Maryland
line in 1776, and his battalion, which joined Washington
, at New York, before the battle of Long Island
, was composed of men belonging to the best families of his native State.
These suffered in that battle, at
was not present.
He was in the action at White Plains
, about two months later; and when, late in the summer of 1777, the British
, under the Howes, appeared in Chesapeake Bay
, he was sent to gather the militia on the western shore of Maryland
With about 1,000 of these he joined Washington
after the battle of Brandywine
He was in the battle of Germantown
with his militia.
While with Gates
, in the South
, he was promoted major-general (Sept. 15, 1780), and soon afterwards he returned to the North
refused to serve under Baron de Steuben
, who was his senior officer, and demanded that his own cornmission should be dated two years before his appointment.
He was a member of Congress in 1785, and governor of Maryland
He died in Prince George county, Md.
, Feb. 14, 1792.