KEY, Philip

1750–1820

Biography

KEY, Philip, (cousin of Philip Barton Key and great–grandfather of Barnes Compton), a Representative from Maryland; born probably on his father's estate near Leonardtown, St. Mary's County, Md. in 1750; pursued an academic course in England; returned to Maryland and engaged in farming; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced; served in the Maryland house of delegates in 1773; member of the committee of correspondence, St. Mary's County, in 1774; again a member of the house of delegates 1779-1790; elected as a Pro-Administration candidate to the Second Congress (March 4, 1791-March 3, 1793); member of the State house of delegates in 1795 and 1796 and served as speaker; died in St. Mary's County, Md., January 4, 1820; interment probably in the churchyard at Chaptico, Md.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: March 28, 1792. 1 letter. Finding aid in repository.

Maryland Historical Society
Manuscripts Department

Baltimore, MD
Papers: In the papers of Alfred J. O'Ferrall, Sr., 1762-1888. Collection contains a letter from Philip Key to W. Blair Portobacco, dated March 11, 1792.

University of Virginia
Special Collections

Charlottesville, VA
Papers: In the papers of the Carter and Wellford family of Sabine Hall, 1650-1918, ca. 1075 items. Collection contains a letter from Philip Key to Henry Lee, April 20, 1777.
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