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5 Fun Facts About November 27 In Maryland History

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1. On November 27, 1835, Richard Stockton Field was born in Princess Anne, Maryland. He later became a prominent lawyer and judge, serving as the Attorney General of Maryland and the United States Solicitor General.

2. The Baltimore City College, the third oldest public high school in the United States, was founded on November 27, 1839. It is still in operation and has produced many notable alumni, including former U.S. President Woodrow Wilson and musician Frank Zappa.

3. On November 27, 1863, Confederate General Robert E. Lee sent a letter to Maryland Governor Augustus Bradford proposing a prisoner exchange. Though the proposal was rejected, it marked one of the many attempts by Lee to gain a strategic advantage in the Civil War.

4. Maryland native and Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps was born on November 27, 1985, in Baltimore. Phelps went on to become the most decorated Olympian of all time, winning 28 medals (23 gold, 3 silver, and 2 bronze) over the course of his career.

5. The Baltimore City Fire Department was officially organized on November 27, 1858. Today, it is the largest fire department in Maryland and has a rich history of heroic service, including responding to the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 and the 9/11 attacks in New York City.
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