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Governor Levin Yardly Winder, Gov.

Birthdate: (62)
Birthplace: Somerset, Montgomery County, Maryland, United States
Death: 1819 (62)
Baltimore, Maryland, United States (Liver Complaint (?))
Immediate Family:

Son of Captain William Thomas Winder, Capt. and Esther Winder
Husband of Mary Winder
Father of Mary Anna Stoughton Winder and Edward Stoughton Winder
Brother of Leah Winder; Dr. John Winder; Gen. William Winder; Priscilla Wilson; Esther Polk and 2 others

Occupation: Gov. of State of MD (1812-1816) Federalist
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About Governor Levin Yardly Winder, Gov.

A Patriot of the American Revolution for MARYLAND with the rank of Major. DAR Ancestor # A128416

Levin Winder (September 4, 1757– July 1, 1819) in Baltimore, Maryland.

During the Revolutionary War, he was appointed major of the 4th Maryland Regiment, finally attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel at war's end. After the war, he served with the Maryland militia at the rank of brigadier general.

Winder served as the 14th Governor of the state of Maryland in the United States from 1812 to 1816. He also served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1789 to 1793.


Maryland Governor Levin Winder

Born: September 4, 1757

Died: July 1, 1819

Birth State: Maryland

Party: Federalist

Family: Married Mary Stoughton Sloss; three children

Religion: Presbyterian

Periods in Office: From: November 23, 1812

 To: January 2, 1816 

State Web Site

Military Service: Army, National Guard

War(s) Served: Revolutionary War

LEVIN WINDER was born in Somerset County, Maryland on September 4, 1757. He was probably educated at home. He studied law for a while, but with the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, he abandoned his studies and joined the army. He served as a first lieutenant in the 5th Company of Smallwood's Battalion, and rose through the ranks, earning the rank of lieutenant colonel by the time he was discharged in 1783. After his military service, Winder entered into a career in politics. He served as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1789 to 1793 and 1806 to 1809, serving as speaker of the house from 1791 to 1793 and from 1808 to 1809. He also served as a Maryland Senate elector in 1796, 1801 and 1806. The Maryland Legislature elected Winder governor on November 10, 1812. He was reelected to a second term in 1813, and to a third term in 1814. During his tenure, the War of 1812 had started, and although he was personally against it, he aided in the war effort by providing men, arms and provisions. After completing his term, Winder left office on January 2, 1816. Governor Levin Winder passed away on July 1, 1819. His final resting spot was in the family graveyard on his Monie Creek estate near Princess Anne, Somerset County, Maryland.


Eisenberg, Gerson G. Marylanders Who Served the Nation. Annapolis, MD: Maryland State Archives, 1992.

Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 2, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

White, Frank F., Jr. The Governors of Maryland, 1777-1972. Annapolis, MD: Hall of Records Commission, 1970.

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Governor Levin Yardly Winder, Gov.'s Timeline

Somerset, Montgomery County, Maryland, United States
Age 39
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Age 62
Baltimore, Maryland, United States