This unique historical and genealogical resource draws on the extraordinarily intact legislative, judicial, religious, and personal records of members of the first Maryland legislature. The two-volume set contains profiles of nearly fifteen hundred men who served in the state's legislature in the first 150 years after Maryland's founding.The major public and private aspects of each legislator's career are quickly discernible: family background, marriage, children, social status, religious affiliation, occupation, other offices held, and military service. Many entries include a brief summary of a legislator's stance on public and private issues. A final category, wealth at death, inventories the legislator's estate and notes any significant changes in wealth between first election and death.
Edward C. Papenfuse is the state archivist and commissioner of land patents at the Maryland State Archives. Alan F. Day is a senior lecturer and head of history at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. David W. Jordan is the author of Foundations of Representative Government in Maryland, 1632-1715. Gregory A. Stiverson is the former CEO of the Historic Annapolis Foundation.