Thursday, November 22, 2012

On November 22

On this day in ...

... 1638, 30-something Margaret Brent arrived in America, having sailed from England with 3 siblings. She would become "the first woman in the English North American colonies to appear before a court of the Common Law," although she did so not as a lawyer but as a property manager. She also was the 1st woman to own land in the colony of Maryland, establishing a "Sisters' Freehold" with a sibling, Mary Brent; remarkable for the time, neither sister ever married. Her stint before the court occurred when her predecessor, a male, died, and she was appointed to manage affairs for a leading absentee landowner, Lord Baltimore. (credit for painting by Louis Glanzmann, depicting Brent's request for 2 votes in the Maryland Assembly, one for herself and one for Baltimore) After a falling out with that lord, she and family members moved to Virginia, where she established a plantation she named Peace.

(Prior November 22 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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