Carroll History

October 09, 2005

1810: eminent citizen born

Distinguished Carroll County citizen John K. Longwell was born Oct. 19, 1810. Longwell's service to Carroll County included publishing newspapers in Taneytown and Westminster. These newspapers carried his extensive arguments for the formation of Carroll County. Longwell helped to found the Westminster English and Mathematical Academy, the West End Academy and the Westminster Female Institute. He served as a board trustee for Western Maryland College. Longwell's most visible contribution to Carroll County was the construction of his mansion atop Emerald Hill. The mansion was renovated and opened as Westminster City Hall in 1942.

[ The Building of Westminster in Maryland by Christopher Weeks, p. 41-44. Compiled by Sun researcher Shelia Jackson]

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