George Calvert (1768 - 1838) MP

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Birthplace: Mt. Airy, Prince Georges Co., Maryland
Death: Died in Riverdale, Prince Georges Co., Maryland
Managed by: Peter C. Wayner III
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About George Calvert

George Calvert (February 2, 1768 – January 28, 1838), was a plantation owner in late Eighteenth and early Nineteenth century Maryland. His plantation house, Riversdale plantation, also known as the Calvert Mansion, is a five-part, large-scale late Georgian mansion with superior Federal interior, built between 1801 and 1807, and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1997. Calvert's wife, the Belgian-born heiress Rosalie Stier Calvert, was an indefatigable correspondent whose letters, titled Mistress of Riversdale, The Plantation Letters of Rosalie Stier Calvert, was published by the Johns Hopkins University Press in 1991. The letters range in date from 1795 to 1821, and illuminate the life of the Calverts' plantation household during the events leading up to and during the War of 1812.

George Calvert was born at his father's plantation home of Mount Airy, Maryland, on February 2, 1768, the youngest son of Benedict Swingate Calvert, who was himself the illegitimate son of Charles Calvert, 5th Baron Baltimore, the penultimate Lord Proprietor of the Province of Maryland.

George Calvert lived at Riversdale plantation, now a National Historic Landmark.George Calvert lived at the Riversdale plantation, also known as the Calvert Mansion, a five-part, large-scale late Georgian mansion with superior Federal interior, built between 1801 and 1807. Also known as Baltimore House, Calvert Mansion or Riversdale Mansion, it is located at 4811 Riverdale Road in Riverdale Park, Maryland. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1997.

Once the manor house and centerpiece of a 739-acre (2.99 km2) plantation, Riversdale was built for Belgian émigré Henri Joseph Stier, Baron de Stier, who lived in the Brice House in Annapolis, Maryland immediately prior to building Riversdale. Stier planned the house in 1801 to resemble his Belgian residence, the Chateau du Mick. Four years later, Stier returned to Belgium, leaving the unfinished Riversdale to be completed by his daughter, Rosalie Stier Calvert and her husband George.

George and Rosalie Calvert were married on June 11, 1799. His wife was an indefatigable correspondent and a collection of her letters, titled Mistress of Riversdale, The Plantation Letters of Rosalie Stier Calvert, was published by the Johns Hopkins University Press in 1991, edited by Margaret Law Callcott. The letters range in date from 1795 to 1821, and illuminate the life of Stier's plantation household during the events leading up to and during the War of 1812.

The couple had a large family. Their son Charles Benedict Calvert established the Maryland Agricultural College, now the University of Maryland, College Park, on part of the Riversdale property. Another son, George Henry Calvert (January 2, 1803 - May 24, 1889) was a noted editor, essayist, dramatist, poet, and biographer.

Caroline Maria Calvert (July 15, 1800 - November 25, 1842), married on June 19, 1823 Thomas Willing Morris of Philadelphia. George Henry Calvert (1803–1889), essayist, dramatist, poet, and biographer. Marie Louise Calvert (1804–1809), died in childhood. Rosalie Eugenia Calvert, of Goodwood, Maryland (Riversdale, Bladensburg, Maryland, October 19, 1806 - Goodwood, May 6, 1845), married in Philadelphia on November 11, 1830 Charles Henry Carter (England, January 29, 1804 - July 5, 1892). Charles Benedict Calvert (1808–1864), was a U.S. Congressman who founded what is now the University of Maryland, College Park, chartered in 1856.[3][4] Marie Louise Calvert (1812–1813), died in infancy. Julia Calvert, of Cedar Grove, Virginia (Riversdale, Bladensburg, January 31, 1814 - Cedar Grove, June 8, 1888), married in Riversdale on May 7, 1833 Richard Henry Stuart (Pop's Creek, May 31, 1808 - Cedar Grove, May 14, 1889). Amelia Isabella Calvert (1817–1820), died in infancy. Rosalie herself died on March 13, 1821, according to her physician, "of a general dropsy affecting the whole system", at the relatively young age of 43.

In 1816 Calvert was approached by Maryland Federalists who asked him to run as the Federalist candidate for Governor of Maryland. Calvert came from a long line of politicians; his ancestors had ruled the Province of Maryland. However, pressed by his wife Rosalie to avoid politics, he was persuaded to devote his energies instead to the economic well-being of his family. However, it seems he may have missed an opportunity, as the Federalist candidate chosen in his place, Charles Carnan Ridgely was duly elected that year.

-------------------- Birth: Feb. 2, 1768 Prince George's County Maryland, USA Death: Jan. 28, 1838 Riverdale Park Prince George's County Maryland, USA

Here lies the body of George Calvert, Esq., of Riversdale, youngest son of Benediict Calvert, Esq., of Mount Airy, Prince George's County, Maryland, and grandson of Charles Calvert, sixth Lord Baltimore, who died January 28, 1838 aged 70.

Note: The tombstone is in error for Charles Calvert was Fifth Lord Baltimore.

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George Calvert's Timeline

1768
February 2, 1768
Mt. Airy, Prince Georges Co., Maryland
1799
June 11, 1799
Age 31
Md
1800
July 15, 1800
Age 32
Annapolis, Md.
1803
January 2, 1803
Age 34
Annapolis, Md
1806
October 19, 1806
Age 38
Riversdale, Bladensburg, MD
1808
August 23, 1808
Age 40
Riverdale, Prince George's, Maryland, United States
1810
May 22, 1810
Age 42
Pr Geo's Co., Md
1812
March 6, 1812
Age 44
Pr Geo's Co., Md
1814
January 31, 1814
Age 45
Bladensburg, MD
1816
November 14, 1816
Age 48
Pr Geo's Co., Md