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Samuel Ogle, II

Birthdate: (58)
Birthplace: Northumberland, England, (Present UK)
Death: May 3, 1752 (54-62)
Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Province of Maryland, (Present USA)
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Ogle and Ursula Markham
Husband of Anne Ogle
Father of Anne Ogle; Mary Ridout; Samuel Ogle; Benjamin Ogle, 9th U.S. Governor of Maryland and Meliora Ogle
Half brother of Mary Ogle; James George Annesley, 2nd Baron Altham and Richard Annesley

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About Samuel Ogle, Proprietary Governor of Maryland

From the English Wikipedia page on Samuel Ogle:

Samuel Ogle (c. 1694 – May 3, 1752) was the 16th, 18th and 20th Proprietary Governor of Maryland from 1731 to 1732, 1733 to 1742, and 1746/1747 to 1752.

The Ogle family was quite prominent for many centuries in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, England. Samuel was born to Henry Ogle of Eglingham, Queen Anne's commissioner to Ireland, circa 1694.[1]


Samuel Ogle became a captain of a cavalry regiment in the British Army. Appointed as Provincial Governor of Maryland by Charles Calvert, 5th Baron Baltimore on December 7, 1731, he was dispatched to Colonial America in 1732.[1]

Cresap's War

Under Ogle's leadership Maryland quickly became engaged in a border dispute with Pennsylvania.[2] Several settlers were taken prisoners on both sides and Penn sent a committee to Governor Ogle to resolve the situation.[2] Rioting broke out in the disputed territory (now known as Cresap's War) and Ogle appealed to the King George II for resolution.[2]

Faced with this situation, Charles Calvert, 5th Baron Baltimore arrived in Maryland and assumed charge of the colony in December 1732.[2] Upon Calvert's arrival, Ogle retired from the governorship[1] for the first time. He would do this twice more. He resumed the governorship in 1733.

The border dispute would not be settled until 1767 when the Mason-Dixon line was recognized as the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania.[3]

Return to England

In 1740, Ogle was dispatched to England following England's declaration of war against Spain and left Benjamin Tasker, Sr. with power of attorney and "the task of supervising the construction of a new house at Belair."[4]

In 1741, Ogle married the much younger Anne Tasker (1723–1817), daughter of Benjamin Tasker, Sr. and Anne Bladen.[1]

Belair and Horse Racing

In 1743, Benjamin Tasker built the Belair Mansion on a 7,000-acre (28 km2) tobacco plantation in Collington, Maryland, now known as Bowie, Maryland on behalf of Ogle. Upon his return to the Province, Ogle founded the "Belair Stud," a stable of thoroughbred horses at Belair that would continue in operation for more than two-hundred years. A lover of his native country's popular sport of thoroughbred horse racing, Ogle is credited with introducing the sport to North America, staging the first English-style race at Annapolis, Maryland in 1745.[4]

Death and legacy

Samuel Ogle died in 1752 and was interred at St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Annapolis. He and his wife Anne had five children: Anne, Samuel, Benjamin Ogle who became Governor of the State of Maryland, Mary and Mellora.[1] Samuel Ogle Middle School in Bowie, Maryland was named after him.


1. ^ Richardson, Hester Dorsey (1903). Side-lights on Maryland History: With Sketches of Early Maryland Families. Baltimore, Maryland: Williams and Wilkins Company. pp. 190–193. ISBN 0806302968.

2. ^ Warfield, Joshua Dorsey (July 1905). The Founders of Anne Arundel And Howard Counties, Maryland. Baltimore, Maryland: Kohn & Pollock. p. 208. ISBN 0806379715.

3. ^ Bayliff, William H. The Maryland-Pennsylvania and the Maryland-Delaware boundaries. Annapolis : Maryland Board of Natural Resources, 1959.

4. ^ Baltz, Shirley Vlasak (1984). A Chronicle of Belair. Bowie, Maryland: Bowie Heritage Committee. pp. 14–19. LCCN 85165028.

From the Find A Grave page on Samuel Ogle:

Birth: 1694 - England

Death: 1752 - Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA

Provincial Governor of Maryland. He was commissioned Provincial Governor of Maryland on December 7, 1731 by Charles Calvert, 5th Baron Baltimore and arrived in Maryland in 1732.

Under his rule a border dispute broke out with Pennsylvania which became known as Cresap's War. He appealed for a resolution to King George II in which Charles Calvert, 5th Baron of Baltimore arrived in December of 1732 and took charge of the colony.

He retired from the Governorship but was reappointed in 1737. He was dispatched back to England in 1740 and returned in 1747 where he was appointed governor once again.

Upon his return he introduced thoroughbred racing to the country by bringing back with him two famous English horses which were the first English-bred thoroughbreds introduced into America. He held the first English-style race in Annapolis, Maryland in 1745. His Belair Mansion has been recognized as being the only great colonial estates where race horse breeding has been conducted during three centuries.

He died while still holding office as Governor. (bio by: Charlotte)

Family links:


  • Benjamin Ogle (1749 - 1809)*


  • Ann Tasker Ogle (1723 - 1817)

Burial: Saint Annes Cemetery, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA

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  • Originally Created by: Charlotte
  • Record added: Feb 06, 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 33586516
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Samuel Ogle, Proprietary Governor of Maryland's Timeline

Northumberland, England, (Present UK)
November 6, 1743
Age 49
Of, Newcastle, Northumberland, England
Age 52
Of, Newcastle, Northumberland, England
July 19, 1747
Age 53
Of, Belvoir, Prince Georges, Maryland
February 7, 1749
Age 55
Bowie, Prince George's County, Province of Maryland, (Present USA)
September 13, 1750
Age 56
Of, Newcastle, Northumberland, England
May 3, 1752
Age 58
Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Province of Maryland, (Present USA)