Maryland Trivia

Squire Frederick Proclamation - Banneker Museum

Did You Know?

  • Fordam’s, Maryland’s first brewery, was established in Annapolis in 1703 and remained in operation until 1716.
  • New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick grew up in Annapolis and graduated from Annapolis High School in 1970. His father was an assistant football coach at the U.S. Naval Academy.
  • Major League Baseball first baseman Mark Teixeira was born in Annapolis.
  • Actor Robert Duvall grew up in Annapolis and attended Severn School.
  • Each of Maryland’s four “Signers” of the Declaration of Independence had homes in Annapolis. Their homes are still there.
  • Samuel Chase, lawyer, judge, a Maryland Signer of the Declaration of Independence, and an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court, lived in Annapolis. He is the only U S Supreme Court justice ever impeached (he was acquitted). The sitting judge at Chase’s impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate was the vice president of the United States who at the time of the trial was under indictment himself, for murder, in New York and New Jersey.
  • Charles Carroll of Carrollton, born in Annapolis and one of Maryland’s four Signers of the Declaration of Independence, was the only Roman Catholic to sign the Declaration of Independence.
  • Francis Scott Key, lawyer, patriot, and poet, graduated from St. John’s College, Annapolis at the age of 17. He married Mary Tayloe “Polly” Lloyd, an Annapolitan, in Annapolis in January 1802.
  • Alex Haley researched his popular novel “Roots” at the Maryland State Archives in Annapolis.
  • Alex Haley‘s ancestor, Kunta Kinte, arrived in Annapolis in 1767 aboard the ship Lord Ligonier with other enslaved Africans.
  • The Kunta Kinte – Alex Haley Memorial in Annapolis is the only memorial in the United States dedicated to a named slave.
  • George Washington met with the Continental Congress and resigned his commission as commanding general of the Continental Army at the Maryland State House in Annapolis at noon on Dec. 23, 1783.
  • The Treaty of Paris (1783), which formally ended the Revolutionary War, was ratified on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 1784, by the Continental Congress meeting at the Maryland State House in Annapolis. The treaty, which formally ended the Revolutionary War, had been signed in Paris on Sept. 3, 1783.
  • The Continental Congress met in Annapolis, the first peacetime capital of the United States, from Nov. 26, 1783, to Aug. 13, 1784.
  • Maryland remained within the Union during the Civil War. However, local southern sympathy was so strong that Abraham Lincoln received only one vote in Annapolis in the 1860 election.