Samuel Chase

Samuel Chase (1741 - 1811)

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Judge Samuel "Signer of Declaration of Independence" Chase
Born in Princess Anne, Somerset Co, Province of Marylandmap
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Judge Samuel Chase served Signers of the United States Declaration of Independence during the American Revolution
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02:45, 20 September 2014 (EDT)


Early Life

Samuel was the only child of the Reverend Thomas Chase (c. 1703 – 1779) and his wife, Matilda Walker (? – by 1744), born near Princess Anne, Maryland.[3] Issue:


His father was a clergyman who immigrated to Somerset County to become a priest in a new church. Samuel was educated at home. He was eighteen when he left for Annapolis where he studied law under attorney John Hall.[3] He was admitted to the bar in 1761[4] and started a law practice in Annapolis. It was during his time as a member of the bar that his colleagues gave him the nickname of "Old Bacon Face."


Samuel received a good classical education in Baltimore, Maryland. He studied law and began practice in Annapolis.

In 1774 he was selected to represent Maryland at the Continental Congress. He was re-elected to that post in 1775, and served there until 1778. In 1786 he moved to Baltimore, where two years later he was appointed chief justice of the Criminal Court of that district. He was later appointed chief justice of the state.

In 1796 he was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of the United States, an office that he filled until his death on the nineteenth of June, 1811.

Burial in Old Saint Pauls Cemetery Baltimore Maryland


Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, ( : accessed 3 Mar 2019), "Record of CHASE, SAMUEL", Ancestor # A021208.

  1. Source: Samuel Chase. Update: 22 Aug 2014. Accessed 21 Sep 2014. Licenses URL: < > The_New_International_Encyclop%C3%A6dia/Chase,_Samuel  Wikisource has the text of a 1999 New International Encyclopedia article about Samuel Chase
  1. Source: Samuel Chase. Copyright ©1999-2014 by the Independence Hall Association, a nonprofit organization in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, founded in 1942. Publishing electronically as On the Internet since July 4, 1995. Update: Accessed: 21 Sep 2014. URL:


A huge thank you to Ken Broughton and Michael Stills for their contributions in developing this profile.

Thank you to Lynden Raber Castle Rodriguez for adding to bio, sources, and formatting.

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On 11 Oct 2018 at 10:02 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

Hi Ken, is there a need for this profile to remain project-protected? If so, new rules require a project be co-manager. In this case, it would be the 1776 project (

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