Bullet-Point Bio: Thomas Stone

-Thomas Stone was born in Charles County, Maryland, to the prominent family of David and Elizabeth Stone.  He and his two brothers would go on to have important political careers.

-Stone studied law in Annapolis at the office of Thomas Johnson and, in 1764, was admitted to the bar and opened a practice in Frederick, Maryland.

-In 1768, Stone married Margaret Brown, the daughter of the richest man in the county.  After marrying, Stone bought 400 acres and started building his personal estate. Together, Thomas and Margaret would have three children there.

-Because Stone stayed so busy in the political world, he had his younger brother manage and keep up his plantation.

-When the American War for Independence started, Stone joined the Committee of Correspondence from his county.  He also spent two years being involved in Maryland’s Annapolis Convention.  In 1775, this convention chose Stone to be the delegate in the Continental Congress for Maryland.

-On May 15, 1776, Stone voted in favor of the drafting of the Declaration of Independence, though the Annapolis Convention was not in favor of it.  This was a change of Stone’s mind, as he previously supported having relations with Great Britain and was reluctant to have a war start between the two.

-In the year that Stone was asked to help draft the Articles of Confederation, his wife was inoculated for the smallpox disease, but had reverse effects from the treatment.  She became very ill and had declining health for the rest of her life.

-Stone was accepted to the Maryland Senate from 1779 to 1785.  His purpose was to promote the Articles of Confederation since Maryland was the last state to accept them.

-When Margaret continued to decline in health, Stone stepped away from the political world and started to withdraw from his public life.  When she passed away in 1787, he became deeply depressed and died four months later, supposedly of a broken heart.  Stone was buried at his plantation.


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