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GROOME, James Black, statesman, born in Elkton, Cecil County, Maryland, 4 April, 1838. He studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1861, joined the Democratic party, and was a member of the convention that framed the present constitution of Maryland, was a member of the house of delegates in 1871 and 1873, and, on the election of Governor Whyte to the United States senate in 1874, became governor for the remainder of the term. He then returned to Elkton, and engaged in the practice of law until 1879, when he became United States senator, retaining his seat until 1885.
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