GOLDSBOROUGH, Robert Henry, (1779 - 1836)

Senate Years of Service: 1813-1819; 1835-1836
Party: Federalist; Anti-Jacksonian; Whig

GOLDSBOROUGH, Robert Henry, (great-grandfather of Winder Laird Henry), a Senator from Maryland; born at “Myrtle Grove,” near Easton, Talbot County, Md., January 4, 1779; was educated by private tutors and graduated from St. John’s College, Annapolis, in 1795; engaged in agricultural pursuits; member, State house of delegates 1804; commanded a troop of horsemen in the Maryland Militia during the War of 1812; elected as a Federalist to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy in the term commencing March 4, 1813, caused by the failure of the legislature to elect, and served from May 21, 1813, to March 3, 1819; chairman, Committee on Claims (Fifteenth Congress), Committee on District of Columbia (Fifteenth Congress); resumed agricultural pursuits; instrumental in establishing the Easton Gazette in 1817; member, State house of delegates 1825; again elected to the United States Senate, as an Anti-Jacksonian (later Whig), to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Ezekiel F. Chambers and served from January 13, 1835, until his death on October 5, 1836; chairman, Committee on Commerce (Twenty-fourth Congress); died at “Myrtle Grove” near Easton, Md.; interment at "Ashby," the family home in Talbot County, Md.