Benjamin Tasker (c.1690 - 1768) MP

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Birthplace: Calvert Creek, St. Mary's, Maryland, United States
Death: Died in Annapolis, Anne Arundel, Maryland, United States
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About Benjamin Tasker

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Tasker,_Sr.

Benjamin Tasker, Sr. (1690 – June 19, 1768) was the 21st Proprietary Governor of Maryland from 1752 to 1753.[1] He also occupied a number of other significant colonial offices, including, on various occasions, being elected Mayor of Annapolis.


Career


Tasker became a naval officer at Annapolis, Maryland in 1719 and served until 1742. He also served in the municipal and provincial government as: member and president of the Governor's Council, 1722–1768; member of the Lower House of the Maryland Legislature, 1715–1717, 1720–1722; member of the Upper House, 1722–1766, 1768; President of the Upper House, 1734–1766, 1768; Annapolis alderman, 1720, 1754–1766; Mayor of Annapolis, 1721–1722, 1726–1727, 1747–1748, 1750–1753, 1756–1757; President of the Council in 1752; acting governor of Maryland, 1753.


In 1731, Tasker was one of the founders of the Baltimore Ironworks Company.


In 1740, Governor Samuel Ogle was dispatched to England following England's declaration of war against Spain. He left Tasker with his power of attorney and in addition "the task of supervising the construction of a new house at Belair."


Family

Tasker married Ann Bladen in 1711.[1] They had a number of children.

Benjamin Tasker, Jr. (1720–1760).
Anne Tasker (1723–1817), married the much older Samuel Ogle (1694–1752).
Elizabeth Tasker (1726–1789) married Christopher Lowndes (1713–1785), merchant of Bladensburg, Maryland.
Frances Ann Tasker (1738–1787), married the wealthy planter Robert Carter at the age of sixteen.
Rebecca, married Daniel Dulany the Younger (1722–1797) in 1749.

Death and legacy


On his passing in 1768, Benjamin Tasker was buried in St. Anne's Churchyard in Annapolis. His tombstone reads:


"Here are deposited the remains of the Honourable Benjamin Tasker who departed this 1life the 19th of June AD 1768 in the 78th year of his Age which though of a constitution naturally weak and tender he attained through the efficiency of an exemplary temperance At the time of his decease he was President of the Council a station he had occupied for thirty two years The offices of Agent and receiver general and judge of the prerogative Court he successively exercised Such were his qualities his probity equanimity candor benevolence that no one was more respected more beloved So diffusive and pure his humanity so singular the influence of his deportment that he was no one's enemy nor any one his These tombs are erected in the year 1826 in the place of the original ones which have decayed by the liberality and filial affection of Mrs. Ann Dulany of the City of London still longer to perpetuate the memory of those of her respected ancestors whose remains are deposited beneath them."


Legacy


Benjamin Tasker Middle School, in Bowie, Maryland, is named after him.

-------------------- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Tasker,_Sr.

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Hon. Benjamin Tasker's Timeline

1690
1690
St. Mary's, Maryland, United States
1711
July 31, 1711
Age 21
Annapolis, Ann Arundel Co, Md
1713
July 3, 1713
Age 23
Annapolis, Md.
1715
November 12, 1715
Age 25
Annapolis, Md
1721
February 14, 1721
Age 31
Annapolis, Md.
1722
June 28, 1722
Age 32
Annapolis, Anne Arundel Co, Md
1723
October 7, 1723
Age 33
Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Province of Maryland, (Present USA)
1724
November 4, 1724
Age 34
Annapolis, Md
1726
February 4, 1726
Age 36
Md
1754
April 2, 1754
Age 64
Annapolis, Anne Arundel, Maryland, USA