PG Tricentennial Prince George's County:
Over 300 years of History

Thomas John Claggett Portrait
Thomas John Claggett, the first to use the double "g" in spelling his family's name, was born in October, 1743, near Nottingham in Prince George's County He graduated from Princeton University in 1764. In 1792, at Trinity Church in New York City, he became the first Episcopal bishop of Maryland and was the first bishop of that faith consecrated in America. Bishop Claggett was appointed Chaplain of the United States Senate in 1800 and, in 1810, he founded Trinity Episcopal Church in Upper Marlboro. He died at his home near Croom in August 1816. In 1898, Bishop Claggett was re-interred at the National Cathedral. A memorial marker was erected on the grounds of his home church, St. Thomas, Croom, in 1932.

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These pages were created as a part of the 1996 PG County Tricentennial celebration. Additional history resources are listed on the bibliography page. These pages are not being updated. They are now located on the Prince George's County Historical Society's web site. Contact links: web site manager - Society information. You can search the entire site through this search form.:

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