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John Leeds Bozman


lawyer, poet and historian

John Leeds Bozman was a lawyer, author, and occasional poet. He was born at Maryland's eastern shore in Oxford, Maryland in 1757. Bozman was educated at the University of Pennsylvania, read law at Middle Temple, London and became a prominent lawyer. He served as Assistant Attorney General of Maryland.

Bozman produced occasional poems; they have not been published in a single collection.

[Sources: Edwin Anderson Alderman & Joel Chandler Harris (eds.), Library of Southern Literature 46-47 (New Orleans: Martin & Hoyt Co., 1910)(1907)(Vol. 15, Biographical Dictionary of Southern Authors, 1929, Lucian Lamar Knight ed.); Oscar Fay Adams, A Dictionary of American Authors 34 (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1899); Joses Thomas, Universal Pronouncing Dictionary of Biography and Mythology 422 (1870)]


John Leeds Bozman, A New Arrangement of the Courts of Justice of the State of Maryland (Printed for the author, 1802)

________________, A Sketch of the History of Maryland During the Three First Years After Its Settlement (Baltimore, Maryland: Edward J. Coale, 1811)

_______________, The History of Maryland: From Its First Settlement in 1633 to Its Restoration in 1660 (Baltimore: J. Lucas & E. K. Deaver, 1837)(2 vols.) [vol. 2: online text] (Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, 1937)(1990)(2 vols.)


Samuel Alexander Harrison, A Memoir of John Leeds Bozman, the First Historian of Maryland (Baltimore: Printed by J. Murphy & Co., 1888)(paper read before the Maryland Historical Society, May 9th, 1887)

Research Resources

John Leeds Bozman Papers
Maryland Historical Society
Baltimore, Maryland

John Leeds Bozman Family Papers
Library of Congress
Washington, D.C.