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KENT, Joseph, governor of Maryland, born in Calvert County, Maryland, 14 January, 1779; died near Bladensburg, Maryland, 24 November, 1837. He was educated as a physician, but combined farming with his practice, first in Calvert county, and after 1806 in Prince George county, Maryland He was elected to congress as a Federalist, serving from 1811 till 1815, and again from 1819 till 1826, when he became governor of Maryland. He held this office till 1829, and was United States senator from 1833 till 1837.
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