Historical Figures

Ronald L. Rue

IN MEMORY OF RONALD L. RUE Award Winning Decoy Carver First Curator of the DCHS Carvers MuseumOn the Eastern Shores of the Chesapeake Bay, in the counties of Somerset, Talbot, and Dorchester there is an abundance of waterfowl and this has given rise to some of the great and well known decoy makers. Names such…

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Patty Cannon

Patty Cannon Martha “Patty” Cannon (circa 1760 – May 11, 1829) was the leader of a gang in the early 19th century that kidnapped slaves and free blacks from Delmarva and transported and sold them to plantation owners located further south. Later accounts of her life refer to her as Lucretia P. Cannon, although there…

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Lieutenant John Trippe, USN

Lieutenant John Trippe, USN Lieutenant John Trippe, U.S.N. in whose honor the U.S.S. TRIPPE is named was born in Dorchester County, Maryland in 1785. He entered the U.S. Navy as a midshipman in 1799. At that time the Barbary pirates were a real danger to merchant ships, not only on the Mediterranean, but on the…

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Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman Harriet Tubman is perhaps the most well-known of all the Underground Railroad’s “conductors.” During a ten-year span she made 19 trips into the South and escorted approximately 70 slaves to freedom. And, as she once proudly pointed out to Frederick Douglass, in all of her journeys she “never lost a single passenger.” Tubman was…

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Annie Oakley

Annie Oakley “Annie Oakley” (Phoebe Ann Moses or Mosey) attained international fame, as a rifle and pistol shot. Along in the 185O’s her parents left the mountains of Pennsylvania and settled in the northeastern part of Darke county. Here in a wild tract of land known as the “fallen timbers” Annie was born in 1860. …

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Anna Ella Carroll

Anna Ella Carroll  Anna Ella Carroll (August 29, 1815, in Somerset County Maryland – February 19, 1894, Washington, DC) was an American politician, pamphleteer and lobbyist. She played a significant role as adviser to the Lincoln cabinet during the American Civil War. Anna Ella Carroll, 1815 – 1894 Early life Anna Carroll was born in…

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