Former delegate Chester Tawney dies

March 11, 1991

Chester W. Tawney, a retired credit manager and former member of the Maryland House of Delegates, died Friday at the Manor Care Towson Nursing Home after a long illness. He was 83.

Services tomorrow will be private.

Mr. Tawney, who represented Baltimore in the legislature for three terms, was a native of Havre de Grace and a 1931 graduate of the University of Maryland.

After college, Mr. Tawney worked for Household Finance in Baltimore before establishing his own business in the city, the Tawney Loan Service.

In 1946, he was elected to the House of Delegates, where he argued for abolishing individual state income taxes and replacing the revenue with an increase in the state sales tax.

The outspoken delegate served two terms before losing a bid for the state Senate.

In 1962, he again won election to the House of Delegates and introduced legislation that led to the creation of the Public Defender's Office.

Mr. Tawney also volunteered his services to several community groups, including the Junior Association of Commerce, the University of Maryland Alumni Council and the Downtown Optimist Club.

He was a member of St. John's Lodge of the Masons, the Knights Templar and Boumi Temple.

NB Mr. Tawney's political career ended in 1964 when he pleaded no

contest to charges that he accepted $8,000 to arrange for the removal of a witness in a bribery case against a city police officer.

In accepting the plea, Judge J. Harold Grady ordered Mr. Tawney to resign from the House of Delegates.

Mr. Tawney retired in 1973 as credit manager for the Penguin book company.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, the former Mary Sharp; a daughter, Dale Tawney of Point Pleasant, N.J.; two sons, Lee Tawney of Baltimore and Brian Tawney of Greenbelt; and four grandchildren.

The family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Shriners Children's Hospital.

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