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Part Two The Maryland Constitution and Commentary, Art.XIII New Counties

From: The Maryland State Constitution

Dan Friedman

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 23 June 2021

Maryland developed a system of county government long before 1776. At the time of the Revolution, Maryland had 16 counties1 and two more were added during the Revolutionary War.2 Allegany County was created by a simple act of the General Assembly in 1789.3 Carroll County was created by a constitutional amendment in 1835.4 It was only in 1851 that the creation of new counties attained constitutional significance.5 The Maryland Constitution of 1851 specifically carved Howard County out of Anne Arundel County6 and permitted the future division of Allegany County into...
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