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Col. Thomas Ward Veazey

Also Known As: "Gov", ""of Cherry Grove""
Birthplace: Cherry Grove, Cecil County, Maryland
Death: July 01, 1842 (68)
Cecil, Maryland, United States
Place of Burial: Earleville, Cecil County, MD, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Veazey and Elizabeth Veazey
Husband of Sarah Veazey; Mary Veazey and Mary (Wallace) Veazey
Father of Dr. Thomas Ward Veazey; Maria Elizabeth Veazey; Sarah Veazey; Edward Veazey; May Loutitt Veazey and 6 others
Brother of Rebecca Lusby; Elizabeth Miller; Edward Henry Veazey; Edward Veazey; Anne Ward and 1 other

Occupation: Governor, planter
Managed by: Marsha Gail Veazey
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About Col. Thomas Ward Veazey

Thomas Ward Veazey served as Governor of the State of Maryland from 1836 to 1839. He received his early education in Cecil County but later went to Washington College, where he graduated in 1795. After he left college, he returned home to become a planter. He soon took an active part in public affairs and, in 1808 and again in 1812, he was a presidential elector for James Madison. In 1811 he was elected a member of the House of Delegates from Cecil county and in the following year he was reelected. During the second war with England (War of 1812) however, he relinquished his seat in the General Assembly to participate in that conflict. He was in command of the forces that defended Fredericktown in Cecil County when the British attacked and burned the town. He was much praised for his gallant defense of that town. Serving in his command during that battle was Dr John Thomas Veazey, his kinsman from Cecil County. This was the same battle in which Miss Kitty Knight refused to leave her home so that the British forces could burn it and saved her house for posterity.

Thomas W. Veazey served later as Lieutenant-Colonel of the Forth-Ninth Maryland Regiment. After the war's end, he returned to his farm where he remained until 1833, when he was chosen as a member of the Governor's council. he was re-elected as a member of the Council in 1834.

In 1835, the Whigs in the Legislature nominated TWV as their candidate for Governor. he received 53 of the 76 ballots cast, the remain ing 23 votes being blank and was sworn into office on January 14, 1836. He can be remembered as one of Maryland's better governors because while reformers were attempting to change the method of election of representatives, they could not agree and refused to go into session. Gov. Veazey announced that since the electoral college had failed to elect a new senate, the old senate still constituted the Senate of Maryland and that it would continue to act until the new Senate was lawfully elected. This act was Governor Veazey's masterstroke in that he won a moral victory by his action. When the Electoral College finally went in to session in Annapolis to elect a new state senate, Veazey made his second masterstroke when he himself advocated a change in the constitution. His theory of government was expressed in the answer to the question "what are the ends of government?" To which he replied, "the security of life, liberty and prosperity, may be the brief but comprehensive answer and we state with honest pride, and in the fullest confidence, that in no community have these ends been more effectually provided for." He retired to his farm, "Cherry Grove," in 1839 where he lived until his death 1/7/1842. He is buried along with his three wives in the family burial plot on that farm in Cecil County, Maryland.

[traci_church3.FTW] Was a Colonel in the war of 1812 Was several times a member of the Maryland Legislature Was Presidential elector in 1809 and 1813 Voted for James Madison Governor of Maryland 1835-1838 Thomas Ward Veazey, (Jan. 31, 1774 - July 1, 1842), governor of Maryland , was descended from John Veazey, who emigrated from England to Maryland in the latter half of the seventeenth century. In what became Cecil County he acquired a plantation, "Cherry Grove," which remained in the family for many generations. Here was born Thomas Ward, the son of Edward Veazey , a planter who was also high sheriff of Cecil County from 1751 to 175 3, and of Elizabeth (De Coursey) of Queen Anne County. After graduating f rom Washington College, Chestertown, Md., in 1795, Veazey became a planter at "Cherry Grove." He was interested in politics, however, and in 1808 and 1812 was chosen presidential elector, voting for James Madison. I n 1811 and again in 1812 he was elected to the Maryland House of Delegate s; but he left it to become a lieutenant-colonel of Maryland troops in the War of 1812. From 1833 to 1835 he served on the council of Gov. James Thomas. In January 1836, he was elected on the Whig ticket to succeed Thomas, and was reelected in the two years following.

He was three times married: on Nov. 18, 1794, to Sarah Worrell of Kent County, Md., who died in 1795, leaving an infant daughter who did not survive childhood; on Mar. 29, 1798, to Mary Veazey (190), a cousin and daughter of William Veazey (74) and Mary Loutit, who bore him five children; and on Sept. 24, 1812, to Mary Wallace of Elkton, Md., who also bore him five children. He spent his last years at "Cherry Grove."


Birth: Jan. 31, 1774 Death: Jul. 1, 1842

Maryland Governor. He served as Governor of Maryland from 1836 to 1839.

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 Sarah Worrell Veazey (____ - 1795)*
 Mary Wallace Veazey (1789 - 1867)*
 Edward Veazey (1799 - 1870)*
 May Loutitt Veazey (1800 - 1801)*
 Maria Elizabeth Veazey (1809 - 1825)*
 James Wallace Veazey (1813 - 1897)*
 Joseph Wallace Veazey (1815 - 1854)*
 Ellen Mathilda Veazey (1816 - 1824)*
 Elizabeth Black Veazey Craycroft (1826 - 1900)*
 Mary Emma Veazey Wills (1830 - 1903)*
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Burial: Veazey Family Cemetery Earleville Cecil County Maryland, USA

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From the Pittsburgh Gazette 13 Jan 1836:

"Welcome News. - We learn with much gratification, that Col. Thomas W. Veazey has been elected Governor of Maryland byt he COuncil or Senate of that state. Col. Veazey is the father of Dr. Thomas W. Veazey of Lancaster County, who was associated with the editor of this paper in establishing and conducting the first antimasonic paper in this state, east of the Susquehanna. Co. Veazey is a gentleman possessing a clear and cultivated mind - and much polish and blandness of manners. But what is most gratifying, we know hime to be a decided and zealous Antimason. He espoused its principles in its days of danger, and has done much to spread them in the state over which hs is now called to preside. The election of Col. Veazey has given us a better opinion of the nomination of Gen. Harrison in that state by the Whig party."

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Col. Thomas Ward Veazey's Timeline

January 31, 1774
Cherry Grove, Cecil County, Maryland
December 19, 1795
Cecil, Maryland, United States
March 26, 1799
Cecil, Maryland, United States
November 14, 1800
Cecil, Maryland, United States
February 15, 1807
Cecil, Maryland, United States
April 2, 1809
Cecil, Maryland, United States
August 1, 1813
Cecil, Maryland, United States