James Brice

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James Brice (born August 26, 1746 in Annapolis , Province of Maryland , † July 11, 1801 ibid) was an American politician and in 1792 the third governor of the state of Maryland .

Early years and political advancement

James Brice studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1765. He then practiced in Baltimore, among other places . In addition to his legal work, he was also a wealthy planter with large land holdings. From 1777 to 1799 he was a member of the Advisory Board to the Governors of Maryland. In Anne Arundel County he was tax officer between 1777 and 1779.

Further career

From 1780 to 1792 he sat several times with interruptions in the Annapolis City Council. From 1782 to 1783 and again from 1787 to 1788 he was mayor of this city. He also served there as a chamberlain from 1784 until his death in 1801. James Brice was also one of the electors who elected George Washington president. After the death of Governor George Plater on February 10, 1792, Brice became acting governor of his state. He only held this office until a new governor was elected. After Thomas Lee was elected, Brice handed over the office to him on April 5, 1792. He has now served as governor for less than two months. James Brice died in Annapolis in July 1801. He had six children with his wife, Julianna Jennings.

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