Benjamin Ogle, 9th U.S. Governor of Maryland

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Benjamin Ogle

Birthplace: Bel Air Estate, Bowie, Prince George's County, Province of Maryland, (Present USA)
Death: Died in Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, MD, USA
Place of Burial: near Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, MD, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Ogle, Proprietary Governor of Maryland and Anne Ogle
Husband of Rebecca Ogle (Stilley, d. 1821) and Henrietta Ogle (Hill)
Father of Anne Tayloe; Margaret Thomas (Ogle); Mary Tayloe; Samuel Ogle and Benjamin Ogle, II
Brother of Anne Ogle; Mary Ridout; Samuel Ogle and Meliora Ogle

Occupation: Ninth U.S. Governor of Maryland (1798-1801)
Managed by: Ben M. Angel, still catching up
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About Benjamin Ogle, 9th U.S. Governor of Maryland

Benjamin Ogle (January 27, 1749 – July 7, 1809) was the ninth Governor of Maryland from 1798 to 1801.

Early life

The Ogle family was quite prominent for many centuries in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, England, dating from the medieval period. Born in Annapolis, Maryland, Benjamin Ogle was the son of former Provincial governor, Samuel Ogle and Anne Tasker. Upon his death in 1752, Samuel left his estate to his 3 year old son Benjamin, but appointed Benjamin Tasker, Sr. as his son's guardian and to manage the estate. Tasker sent young Ogle to England when he was 10 to further his education.

Ogle returned to Maryland in 1770 to find Tasker's daughters (his aunts) were occupying his father's estate, the Belair Mansion, so he resided in his father's city home at 247 King George Street in Annapolis (which is now Alumni House for the United States Naval Academy). Ogle took possession of the Belair Mansion in 1774 after a lawsuit to reclaim his father's home from the Tasker family.


Benjamin Ogle became a member of the Maryland colonial council and would support the American Revolution. Ogle became a friend of George Washington whose presidential records show he dined at Belair on October 1, 1773.

Governor of Maryland

He was elected Governor of Maryland by the Legislature in 1798, serving until 1801.

Upon George Washington's death in 1799, Ogle issued a proclamation that February 11, 1800 be observed throughout the State as a day of mourning. His precedent started the tradition of observing a holiday on February each year, now known as President's Day.


Benjamin Ogle married Rebecca Stilley and had one daughter, Elizabeth. Ogle later married Henrietta Margaret Hill with whom he had a son, Benjamin Ogle II. He left his estate, Belair, to Benjamin Ogle II upon his death in 1809 in Annapolis. He is buried in Annapolis, Maryland.


From the Find A Grave page on Benjamin Ogle:

Birth: Jan. 27, 1749

Death: Jul. 6, 1809

He lived in his country estate "Belair" in Bowie, Prince George's County, Maryland. He was the Third Lieutenant of Captain Samuel Harvey Howard's Independent Company of Militia in the City of Annapolis. He was also the governor of the state of Maryland 1798-1801.

His obit states he was buried at his farm outside of Annapolis. At this time I have not been able to pinpoint where that is but am still working on it.

Family links:


  • Samuel Ogle (1694 - 1752)
  • Ann Tasker Ogle (1723 - 1817)


  • Benjamin Ogle*
  • Anne Ogle Tayloe (1772 - 1855)*
  • Elizabeth Ogle (1785 - ____)*


  • Henrietta Margaret Hill Ogle (1751 - 1815)*
  • Rebecca Stilley Ogle (____ - 1821)*

  • Point here for explanation

Burial: Non-Cemetery Burial, specifically: Buried on his farm outside of Annapolis

Created by: Charlotte

  • Record added: Feb 16, 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 33899779
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Benjamin Ogle, 9th U.S. Governor of Maryland's Timeline

February 7, 1749
Bowie, Prince George's County, Province of Maryland, (Present USA)
January 17, 1772
Age 22
Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Province of Maryland
February 9, 1775
Age 26
Prince George's County, Province of Maryland, (Present USA)
Age 26
Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, MD, USA
February 2, 1807
Age 57
Bowie, Prince George's County, Maryland, United States
July 7, 1809
Age 60
Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, MD, USA
July 7, 1809
Age 60
near Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, MD, USA