Hello, I am a document trader & collector and recently purchased a large group of documents from the file of Tench Tilghman, Brigadier General of the Maryland Militia during the period of the Mexican War (1846/1847). Most of the items relate to the Maryland Counties of Dorchester, Caroline and Talbot.
The group contains several items that are related to Samuel Dexter Lecompte who was Captain of the Cambridge Volunteer Company and whose full biography is below.There is one letter signed by him and many related to him including letters signed by future Maryland governors.
I am looking for additional information on Captain Lecompte as well as any of the other people from the list below who are also connected in one way or another to the Tilghman file. I have read that he became a secessionist but I cannot confirm that. In exchange, I am glad to provide more information about the documents as well as pictures and possibly copies.
Thank you, Joy Shivar JustaJoy Historical Treasures Cornelius, NC
William C. Adams Thomas W. Anderson Gardner Bagly John Baker Robert Banning James Bartlett Col. Bateman Dr. alexander H. Bayly Walter D.a. Bayne Capt. Jno. Beachamp John Beacham, Jr. John B. Blades John Boggs John F. Bonn Henry Bonsalte Samuel C. Brannock James L. Breeding Thomas Bridges Joseph Brooks Col. Brooks Captain thomas Bruff Captain Thomas Burchenal Dr. Thomas Campbell Levin A. Campbell Col. Carroll Robert C. Carter Thomas Casson William Caulk J.Bond? Chaplain Caleb Clark Thomas Clendemy Robert Clendemy Willian Clinch William Cole Levin Cook Thomas Cook James H. Cook Joel Cornwell Lt. Col. Cornwell Samuel Culbreth, Jr. Thrash Culbreth Sargeant Curran John W. Dail Thomas I. Dail Maj. Dale William Dalisboy william Davis Alcaid Dawson William S. Denny L.P. dickinson Robert H. Dobson Alexander E. Dudley Elisha Eaton Joseph R. Eccleston John J.(F.) Eccleston H.L. Edmondson Horace Edmondson William H. Fairbank J.M. Faulkner John C. Fountain Thomas J. Garriston M.T. Goldsboro R.L. Goldsborough William T. Goldsborough Robert Goldsborough Dr. G.W. Goldsborough Capt. Allen M. Goldsborough Brigadier General B. Goldsborough M.Tilghman Goldsborough Dr. Griffin W. Goldsborough Capt. Goldsborough Martin T. Goldsborough Major Goodman Goote Edward Gostin James Grace Lt. Graham Richard Geen William Gren? Andrew Griffith Daniel L. Haddaway, Jr. Samuel Hambleton, Jr. Col. Hambleton General Handy George Handy (wife - Mary) James Harring George W. Harrington John Harrington Gideon Harris William H. Harrison William Haysward William Hayward General Hear William Heard Captain Hicks Thomas H. Hicks Robert H. Higueitt? L.W. Hinatt Col. Hodson Surgeon Hodson Jno. H. Hodson Hooper D. Hutson H.P. Hokins C.N. Imes? Captain Benjamin D. Jackson Peter K. Jenkins Dr. S.M. Jenkins Whitely Johnson Richard Jones Lieutenant Charles B. Jones Major Jump John H. Jump Abraham Jump John Jump Benjamin G. Keene J.B. Ken william B. Kers Davis Knolls Samuel Dexter Lecompte William L.(T.?) Lee Edward Lloyd William Lookerman George W. Lookerman Joseph B. Low John Lump Hazlett C. Macky William C. Mackey Col. Mackey General Mackey David Marion James D. Martin Jno. W. Martin James L. Martin Capt. Martin Major Martin Joseph Marshall William B. Massey Captain W. McLean Jas. K. McNeal Samuel L.(I?) Meekins William Mell? Joseph E. Millington Polish Mills Robert L. Miur Robert H. Muiz William H. Muse John Nicols Capt. Nicols Col. Nicols H.E. Nicols Thomas Ollartin Capt. Onell P. Daniel Oneill D. Orrell Capt. Orwell William Orrell Spedden Orem Kennedy R. Owen Col. Owens Captain Partridge Colonel Payne John R. Platen L.W. Potter General Potter J.R. Price Thomas G. Pratt John A.L. Radcliffe Robert Rawley William T. Rawlinson James Richardson Capt. Samuel Ridgaway Jas. H. Ridgaway Brigadier Major Ringgold F. Robertson George E. Robinson, MD Levin W. Robinson Major William Rose William Ross Robert H. Rouse John R.T. Salisbury James W. Salisbury Thomas Saulsburg G.W. Scott General Sealt Robert L. Seth Captain Garrison Sewall Col. Shamers William A. Sherman Chapman Sherman Captain sherwood George W. Sherwood Solomon Sherwood Thomas C. Singletary Lt. Singleton John R. Skinner J.H. Slaughter Tunbrill K. Slaughter Nehemiah Smith John R. Stack Thomas Stanton John Staplefort Robert a. Stevens P. Stevens Capt. Stevens Gowty Stevens Lt. Col. Levin W. Stewart Captain Alexander Stewart Thomas B.(R.?) Stewart John T. Stewart Nicholas P. Sticbury General Stiles James G. Sundreth T.W. Sweeny James G. Sundreth Sylvester C. Tall Reuben Tall L. Columbus Tall Jenifer S. Taylor Robert Thawley William Thinby R. Thomas Col. P.F. Thomas Robert H.? Tilghman Charles Todd Bennett Todd Henry C. Towers William Townsend M.W. Watkins John Webb John Wilkinson Capt. M. Wilkinson Joseph Williams William B. Willis Arthur J. Willis Richard Willis Major Wilson James B. Wilson William H. Wilson Thoms C. Wilson Murry (Murray?) Winden (Winder?) Richard H. Wright
Samuel Dexter Lecompte was born in Dorchester County, Maryland, on December 13, 1814. After attending Kenyan College in Ohio for two years, he graduated from Jefferson College in Pennsylvania in 1834. Afterward he studied law in Maryland and was subsequently admitted to the bar. He later practiced law in Carroll County, Maryland, and in1840 he was elected to the state legislature. Upon leaving the legislature he practiced law in Dorchester County, until 1854, when he moved to Baltimore.
Once the Kansas-Nebraska Act was passed in 1854, Lecompte found himself appointed by President Franklin Pierce as chief justice of the Supreme Court of the Kansas Territory. At the time of his move to the territory, Lecompte brought with him his wife and five children. As an ardent supporter of the Democratic Party, Lecompte was seen by many as being a proslavery man and protector of the “peculiar institution.” Lecompte’s tenure as chief justice lasted until March 9, 1859. Upon leaving the high court, he moved to Leavenworth where he opened a private law office.
Lecompte’s personal business enterprises during the 1850s included involvement in the speculation of both real estate and railroads. He was the president of the Lecompton Town Company and actively promoted that city to become the state capital. Similarly, he sponsored a charter for the establishment of a medical college to be located there and worked with John Stringfellow to promote the establishment of a university of Kansas at Leavenworth. His railroad pursuits included the incorporation of the Kansas Central Railroad Company; the Leavenworth, Pawnee and Western Railroad Company; and the Leavenworth and Lecompton Railroad Company.
At the end of the Civil War, he renounced his allegiance to the Democratic Party and became a Republican. He served four years as the probate judge of Leavenworth County. Then he was elected to the 1867 and 1868 state legislature. In 1874 he became the chairman of the Republican congressional committee of the first district. In 1887 he moved to live with his son in Kansas City, where he died on April 24, 1888.
Lecompte’s political career can be viewed as pragmatic: first coming to the territory of Kansas as a stalwart Democrat and then, once the Civil War had been decided, becoming a Republican Party convert. Politics played a major part in Lecompte’s professional career and the events in Kansas shaped his political fortune and future.