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Alexandria, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Remarkable Margaret Brent
Landowner, Lawyer, Suffragette

— 1601 - 1671 —
 
The Remarkable Margaret Brent Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, October 7, 2012
1. The Remarkable Margaret Brent Marker
 
Inscription. Despite occasional conflicts between European settlers and local Indians, Mistress Margaret Brent of Saint Mary’s City, Maryland, was granted the first land patent on Piper’s Island (later known as Jones Point) in 1654. An extraordinary woman for her time, Brent appears here before the Maryland Assembly requesting not only the right to vote, but the right to two votes—one for herself as a landowner and one as Lord Baltimore’s attorney.

Brents undertaking and medling with your Lordships Estate here… we do Verily Believe and in Conscience report that it was better for Collonys safety at that time in her hands then in any mans else in the whole province… —Letter from the Maryland Assembly, describing Brent's management of Lord Baltimore's will, 1649.

Tobacco Farming
To hold title to her land, Brent was required to cut back the forest and plant tobacco. On most plantations, indentured servants and enslaved African Americans performed the arduous labor.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 38° 47.451′ N, 77° 2.464′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Jones Point Drive 0.2 miles east of South Royal Street, on the right when traveling
 
The Remarkable Margaret Brent Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, October 7, 2012
2. The Remarkable Margaret Brent Marker
 
east. Click for map. Marker is north of Jones' Point Lighthouse in Jones Point Park. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria VA 22314, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mistress Margaret Brent (here, next to this marker); The Jones Point Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); D.C.'s First Building Block (within shouting distance of this marker); The Nations Capital Begins Here 1791-1793 (within shouting distance of this marker); Who Owns the River? (within shouting distance of this marker); First Original Federal Boundary Stone (within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing); Mountains of Materials and Massive Manpower (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); World Wars to the Present (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Alexandria.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Other markers about Margaret Brent
 
Also see . . .  Maryland History Leaflet No. 1. (Submitted on December 19, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
 
Margaret Brent requests two votes in the Maryland Assembly Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, October 7, 2012
3. Margaret Brent requests two votes in the Maryland Assembly
The image is from a painting by Louis Glanzman.
 
 
Tobacco Farming Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, October 7, 2012
4. Tobacco Farming
 
 
Tobacco Leaf Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, October 7, 2012
5. Tobacco Leaf
Bronze plaque on the Marker
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on December 19, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 292 times since then. Last updated on December 21, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 19, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
 
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