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HINDMAN, William, statesman, born in Dorchester county, Maryland, 1 April, 1743; died in Baltimore, Maryland, 19 January, 1822. His father, Jacob, a wealthy landholder of English descent, was high sheriff of Talbot county, Maryland, and a vestryman of the parish. William was designed for the bar, entered at the Inns of Court, London, where he completed his legal studies, and, returning to the United States, was admitted to the bar in 1765. The next year, on the death of his father, he inherited a large landed property, and from the beginning of the Revolutionary struggle threw his means and influence on the patriot side. In 1775 he was secretary of the Talbot county "committee of observation," and was selected to carry out the resolves of the council of safety, which was then the supreme power in Maryland. He was also a member of the State convention of that year, and treasurer of the eastern shore of Maryland in 1775-'7. He was elected to the first senate of Maryland in 1777, re-elected in 1781, and served until 1784, when he became a member of the Continental congress till 1788. In 1789-'92 he was one of the executive council. On the resignation of Joshua Seney, Mr. Hindman was elected to complete his unexpired term in the second congress, He served from 1793 till 1799, was defeated as a Federalist in the canvass for the next session, and returned to the state legislature. In December, 1800, he was elected by that body to the United States senate, to fill the unexpired term of James Lloyd, who had resigned, he served until November, 1801, and then, retiring from public life, engaged in agricultural pursuits. A memoir of his life and services was published by Samuel A. Harrison, M. D. (Baltimore, 1880).
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