This collection includes the papers of Edwin A. Warfield (1848-1920), Governor of Maryland, politician, and gentleman farmer, and of his son, Edwin Warfield, Jr. The collection includes correspondence, clippings, financial records, diaries, scrapbooks, maps, pamphlets, memorabilia, and photographs. Topics covered include banking; European trips; the Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland; historical societies; the Maryland National Guard; Maryland politics; St. John's College; and World War I.
This collection is open for research.
Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.
10.00 Linear Feet
23 Negatives (Photographs)
This collection includes the papers of Edwin A. Warfield (1848-1920), Governor of Maryland, politician, and gentleman farmer, and of his son, Edwin Warfield, Jr. The collection includes correspondence, clippings, financial records, diaries, scrapbooks, maps, pamphlets, memorabilia, and photographs. Topics covered include banking, European trips, the Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland, historical societies, the Maryland National Guard, Maryland politics, St. John's College, and World War I. Among the significant correspondents represented in the collection are William Jennings Bryan, Woodrow Wilson, J.P. Morgan, James Cardinal Gibbons, Louise Warfield, Joshua Warfield, Blair Lee, and W.W. Kenly.
Edwin Warfield was born May 7, 1848 at Oakdale, Howard County, Maryland. He began teaching public school in Howard County in 1866, while also studying law. He was appointed to the position of register of wills in 1874 and served in that capacity until 1881. In that same year, Warfield was elected to the Maryland State Senate. He was re-elected in 1883 and made president of the Seante in 1886.
President Cleveland appointed Warfield surveyor of the port of Baltimore in 1886, wheupon he resigned as a member and leading figure since 1878. The term as surveyor expired in 1890 and Warfield retired from political office for the next nine years.
Warfield was one of the founders of Fidelity & Deposit Company of Maryland, and its president from 1893 until 1920.
In 1899, Warfield entered the race for Governor of Maryland and lost, but captured the election in 1903 and served on term until 1907.
Warfield also owned and edited the Ellicott City Times beginning in 1882 until 1886. He bought the Maryland Law Record in 1887 and changed its name to the Daily Record.
Warfield was active in various historical societies in Maryland and served as President of the Maryland Historical Society.
He died March 31, 1920, survived by his widow, three daughters and one son.
This collection has been divided into five series.
Edwin Warfield III donated the Warfield Family papers to the University of Maryland in 1974.
Digital copies of some of the letters in this collection are available at http://digital.lib.umd.edu/results.jsp?index1=dmKeyword&query1=warfield+family in the University of Maryland's Digital Collections
The Warfield Family papers were processed in July 1975 by D.L.S. In June 2011, photographs that had been previously removed to the Biographical Print Files were reintegrated into the collection.