Robert Samuel Jett, a prominent attorney and civic leader, died of cancer Sunday at his home in Baltimore. He was 89.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Second Presbyterian Church of Baltimore, St. Paul Street and Charlcote Road, Guilford.
Born in Baltimore, Mr. Jett attended Baltimore City High School and graduated from the University of Maryland law school in 1924.
During his early years in practice, Mr. Jett specialized in real estate law. Later, as a partner in Stein and Jett, he focused on corporate and trial law. Several of his cases were argued before the Maryland State Court of Appeals.
Jett's great love was to research and write about men who were instrumental in the early history of Maryland.
His book on Luther Martin, one of the state's first attorneys general, was published by Johns Hopkins Press in 1970, and his book on Samuel Chase, a Marylander who signed the Declaration of Independence, was published by the Maryland Historical Society in 1980.
Both books were on The Baltimore Sun's list of the 100 best books on Maryland.
Mr. Jett participated in a wide range of civic, social and religion activities.
He was a trustee and deacon at Second Presbyterian Church, a member of the Baltimore City School Board, a delegate to the Maryland Constitutional Convention and a Democratic candidate for the House of Delegates and the state Senate.
/# Mr. Jett encouraged the Kiwanis
Club of North Baltimore to sponsor a Science Fair for children, and he started the Greater Homewood Association and the Safety Council of Maryland. He was a leader in the Homeland Association and the Sherwood Forest Club, and a member of the Barristers Club, the Grachur Club, the Masons, Scottish Rite and the Shriners.
Mr. Jett enjoyed hunting, golfing and lacrosse.
He is survived by his wife, Saville Clift Jett of Baltimore; two sisters, Downing Kay of Baltimore and Lillian Jett Stevens of Baltimore; a brother, E. Lee Jett of Fort Washington; a daughter, Saville Janney of Charlottesville, Va.; a son, Robert Samuel Jett Jr. of Baltimore; and six grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggested contributions to the R. Samuel Jett Maryland Historical Scholarship Fund, 7801 York Road, Suite 224, Towson 21204.