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George Plater

Also Known As: "platter/"
Birthplace: Sotterley, St Marys Co, MD
Death: Died in Annapolis, MD
Place of Burial: St. Mary's Co., Md
Immediate Family:

Son of George Plater, II and Rebecca Tasker Plater
Husband of Elizabeth Ann Plater and Hannah Plater
Father of Ann Key; Rebecca Forrest; George PLATER, IV; John Rousby PLATER; Colonel Thomas Plater, US Congressman and 2 others
Brother of Rebecca Addison Tayloe; Anne Plater; Thomas Addison Plater, and Elizabeth Plater
Half brother of Mary Nancy Ditto; Elinor Lewis; Mary Armistead and Jane Bowles

Occupation: Governor of Maryland
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About Governor George Plater

A Patriot of the American Revolution for MARYLAND. DAR Ancestor # A089565

The DAR's "Lineage Book of the Charter Members" by Mary S Lockwood published in 1895 states he was "of the Maryland Covention, member of the First Congress and second governor of Maryland."

George Plater (November 8, 1735 – February 10, 1792) was an American planter, lawyer, and statesman from Saint Mary's County, Maryland. He represented Maryland in the Continental Congress from 1778 to 1780, and briefly served as the sixth Governor of Maryland in 1791 and 1792.

Plater was first elected to Maryland's colonial Assembly in 1758, and served as a member for many years. He served on the Governor's Council in 1773 and 1774. As the Revolution neared, he represented St. Mary's County in the Annapolis Convention, which became a revolutionary government. When the ninth convention met in August 1776, Plater was on the committee which drafted Maryland's first Constitution. Under the new constitution, Plater served in the Maryland State Senate from 1777 until 1790. Maryland sent him as a delegate to the Continental Congress in 1778, and he represented his state through 1780. When Maryland held a convention to consider the U.S. Constitution, Plater attended and was the president of the convention when they voted for ratification on April 28, 1788. The following year he was chosen as a Presidential elector. However, he did not vote.[1] In late 1791 Plater was elected Governor, and took office in December. However, his term was short; he died after less than three months in office.

Plater was an active churchman who served twenty-eight years as a vestryman of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church (which he helped to found and build). He was married to Elizabeth Rousby, and they had six children: Rebecca, George, John, Thomas, Edward, and Ann. Rebecca was the grandmother of Alice Green, wife of H.H. Prince Don Angel Maria de Iturbide y Huarte, who were in turn the parents of H.H. Prince Don Agustín de Iturbide y Green- Head of the Imperial House of Mexico. George Plater's son John Rousby Plater was a lawyer and judge and another son Thomas was a lawyer and would go on to represent Maryland in the United States House of Representatives. The eldest daughter, Rebecca married Uriah Forrest, statesman and military leader. Daughter Ann married Philip Barton Key. Their daughter Elizabeth Rousby Key was the wife of Louisiana's fifth governor, Henry Johnson and a first cousin to Francis Scott Key. When Plater died on February 10, 1792 in Annapolis, Maryland his body was returned home and buried at Sotterley, which still stands on the banks of the Patuxent River in St. Mary's County. The house is maintained and operated as a museum by a foundation created for that purpose. The property is on Route 245, just outside of Hollywood, Maryland and is open to visitors during the summer (An entrance fee is charged).


Archives of Maryland (Biographical Series)

George Plater (1735-1792) MSA SC 3520-995 Lower House, 1757-1766 Upper House, 1771-1774 Council, 1771-1774 Member, 1775-1776 Constitutional Conventions, St. Mary's County Senate, Western Shore, 1777-1790 Senate President, 1781-1788, 1790 Delegate, Constitution Ratification Convention, St. Mary's County, 1788 Governor, 1791-1792


Archives of Maryland (Biographical Series)

George Plater (1735-1792) MSA SC 3520-995 Governor of Maryland, 1791-1792 (Federalist)

Born: November 8, 1735 at "Sotterly," St. Mary's County1 Father: George Plater2 Mother: Rebecca (Addison) Bowles Plater3 Marriages: December 5, 1762 to Hannah Lee; July 19, 1764 to Elizabeth Rousby4 Children: George, John Rousby, Thomas Plater, William, Ann, Rebecca5 Education: graduated, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, 17526 Religious affiliation: Anglican7 Military service: Colonel, by 17648 Positions held:

           Justice, St. Mary's County, 1757-1768 
           Lower House of Maryland, 1757-1766 
           Naval officer of the Patuxent, 1767-1777 
           Justice, Court of Oyer, Terminer, and Gaol Delivery, 1771-1772 
           Commissioner to oversee construction of an almshouse, St. Mary's County, appointed 1773 
           Upper House of Maryland, 1771-1774 
           Council, 1771-1774 
           Board of Trustee, Charlotte Hall School, appointed 1774 
           Conventions, St. Mary's County, 1775-1776 
           Collector of gold and silver coin, St. Mary's County, appointed 1776 
           Council of Safety, Western Shore, 1776-1777 
           Senate, Western Shore, 1777-1790 
           President of the Maryland Senate, 1781-1788; 1790 
           Delegate, Constitution Ratification Convention, St. Mary's County, 1788 (president) 
           Governor of Maryland, 1791-1792 (died in office)9 

Died: February 10, 1792 in Annapolis, while serving as governor10 Burial: at "Sotterly," St. Mary's County11 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Extended biography

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Governor George Plater's Timeline

November 8, 1735
Sotterley, St Marys Co, MD
September 1763
Age 27
March 8, 1765
Age 29
September 21, 1766
Age 30
Sotterley, MD
October 15, 1767
Age 31
Annapolis, Anne Arundel, MD
May 9, 1769
Age 33
Annapolis, Anne Arundel, MD
September 23, 1772
Age 36
St. Mary's County, Maryland, United States
Age 39
Annapolis, Anne Arundel, MD