Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Thomas, James
THOMAS, James, governor of Maryland, b. in St. Mary's county, Md., 11 March, 178o ; d. there, 25 Dec, 1845. His father, William, served as a private in the " Maryland line," and was for many years president of the state senate. The son was educated at Charlotte Hall academy, and was graduated at the Philadelphia medical college in 1807. In April, 1812, he was commissioned major of the 4th volunteer cavalry, and he afterward became major-general of Maryland militia. Subsequently he served in the state senate, and in 1833-'6 was governor of Maryland.