St. Mary’s City in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Laura Maryland Carpenter Blinn
Mistress Margaret Brent
Also to the memory of Mistress Margaret Brent, c.1601–1671, known as the “Portia of America” being the only woman lawyer in the colonies.
Erected 1955 by the National Society, Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Saint Mary's City marker series.
Location. 38° 11.22′ N, 76° 26.142′ W. Marker is in St. Mary’s City, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker can be reached from Trinity Church Road west of Point Lookout Road (Maryland Route 5). Touch for map. It is at the Trinity Episcopal Church cemetery, overlooking the St Mary’s River to the right of The Landing of The Ark and The Dove Monument. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Marys City MD 20686, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. The Landing of the Ark and the Dove (here, next to this marker); Thomas Allen Senior (a few steps from this marker); John Llewellyn (within shouting distance of this marker); Leonard Calvert (within shouting distance of this marker); The First State House of Maryland (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Mary’s City.
Regarding Laura Maryland Carpenter Blinn. There is no evidence that Margaret Brent was a lawyer. What is known is that she served as Lord Baltimore’s attorney (in other words, as his proxy) while executrix of his brother Leonard Calvert’s will; and demanded, unsuccessfully, that she be allowed to vote in his stead, and a second vote for herself as landowner.
The reference to “Portia” may be to the character in William Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice, where Portia disguises herself as a lawyer.
Also see . . .
1. Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America. (Submitted on April 15, 2007.)
2. Margaret Brent. by Dr. Lois Green Carr on the Archives of Maryland website. (Submitted on April 15, 2007.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Notable Persons •
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