James Albert Gary

James Albert Gary (October 22, 1833 – October 31, 1920) was a U.S. political figure. Gary ran as the Republican candidate for Maryland Governor in 1879, losing to William Thomas Hamilton.[1] He served as the Postmaster General between 1897 and 1898. He married Lavinia Washington in 1856. They had ten children with only eight surviving to adulthood.[2] He spent much of his working life in textile manufacture in the Baltimore, Maryland, region, and was involved with cotton mills along the Patapsco and Patuxent Rivers, including Ely, Guilford, and Laurel, Maryland.

Mrs James Albert Gary
Mrs James Albert Gary

Gary was a prominent member of Baltimore's prestigious Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church and led the movement to establish Babcock Memorial Church there in memory of Brown Memorial's minister, Maltbie Babcock.[3] He also contributed to the construction of a church in Daniels, MD, which was later named in his honor: Gary Memorial United Methodist Church.[4]

Gary had a home in the Mount Vernon section of Baltimore and a summer place in Catonsville.

James Gary
James Albert Gary
38th United States Postmaster General
In office
March 5, 1897 – April 21, 1898
President William McKinley
Preceded by William Wilson
Succeeded by Charles Emory Smith
Personal details
Born James Albert Gary
October 22, 1833
Uncasville, Connecticut, U.S.
Died October 31, 1920 (aged 87)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Lavinia Washington


  1. ^ "Maryland-Colored voters shot down and driven away from the polls". The New York Times. 5 November 1879.
  2. ^ "James Albert Gary Biography". Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans 1904.
  3. ^ "In memory of Dr. Babcock" (PDF). The New York Times. May 24, 1901. Retrieved December 6, 2008.
  4. ^ Gary Memorial United Methodist Church; "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-11-21. Retrieved 2010-05-25.

External links

James Albert Gary at Find a Grave

Party political offices
Preceded by
James Morrison Harris
Republican nominee for Governor of Maryland
Succeeded by
Hart Holton
Political offices
Preceded by
William Wilson
United States Postmaster General
Succeeded by
Charles Emory Smith

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