ROMAN, James Dixon, (1809 - 1867)

ROMAN, James Dixon, a Representative from Maryland; born in Chester County, Pa., August 11, 1809; attended the common schools and a private school at West Nottingham (now Nottingham); moved to Cecil County, Md.; studied law in Frederick, Md.; was admitted to the bar in 1834 and commenced practice in Hagerstown, Md.; member of the State senate in 1847; elected as a Whig to the Thirtieth Congress (March 4, 1847-March 3, 1849); presidential elector on the Whig ticket in 1848 and on the Democratic ticket in 1856; again resumed the practice of law in Hagerstown; president of the Old Hagerstown Bank from 1851 until his death; member of the peace convention held in Washington, D.C., in 1861 in an effort to devise means to prevent the impending war; died near Hagerstown, Washington County, Md., January 19, 1867; interment in Rose Hill Cemetery.