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CHAMBERS, Ezekiel F., senator, born in Kent county, Maryland, 28 February, 1788; died in Charleston, Maryland, 30 January, 1867. He was graduated at Washington College, Maryland, in 1805, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1808. He performed military service in the war of 1812, and subsequently at-rained the rank of brigadier-general of militia. Though elected in 1822 to the state senate against his will, he took an active part in the legislation of that body, and in 1825 arranged a system for the more effectual recovery of slaves. In 1826 he was elected United States senator from Maryland, and in 1832 re-elected. He distinguished himself as one of the ablest debaters and antagonists in that body. In 1834 he was appointed chief judge of the second judicial district and a judge of the court of appeals, which places he held till 1857, when the Maryland judiciary became elective. In 1850 he was a member of the constitutional convention of the state. In 1852 President Fillmore offered him the post of secretary of the navy on the resignation of See. Graham, but the condition of his health compelled him to decline. Yale conferred on him the degree of LB. died in 1833, and Delaware in 1852.
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