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Puritan Commissioners in Maryland

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Puritan Commissioners in Maryland

July 22, 1654 to 1657, March 24. Government by Commissioners. Between 1652 and 1656, William Stone's commission as governor from the proprietor was contested by the Parliamentary Commissioners.

  • Richard Bennett and William Claiborne, with authorization from the Puritan government in England, issued an ordinance July 22, 1654, to ten Marylanders as commissioners for the well Ordering, directing and Governing the affaires of Maryland with powers that included the right to summon assemblies.
  • Commissioners appointed by Parliamentary Commissioners:
William Fuller,
William Durand,
John Smith,
John Lawson,
Richard Wells,
Richard Preston,
Edward Lloyd,
Leonard Strong,
John Hatch, and
Richard Ewen, 1654-1657
  • Later additions to the body of commissioners were
William Parker (October 20, 1654),
Robert Slye (April 24, 1655),
Thomas Meeres
Thomas Marsha (June 26, 1655),
Sampson Waring,
Michael Brooke,
John Pott and
Woodman Stockley(August 13, 1655),
William Parrott (March 23, 1656/57), and
Philip Morgan,
William Ewen,
Thomas Thomas or Thomas Thomas,
Philip Thomas,
Samuel Withers
Richard Woolman (by spring, 1657).
Thomas Marsh died in 1656/57 and
Leonard Strong was serving as agent in England ca. 1655,

but the other commissioners presumably remained active. The records, however, are incomplete and therefore the full service of all the commissioners cannot be established. The commissioners surrended their powers to the restored proprietary government March 24, 1657/58. [1]


  1. David Selleck and the Virginia Puritans. http://www.mosesrawlings.freeservers.com/davidselleck.html

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