Ezekiel F. Chambers

Ezekiel Forman Chambers
United States Senator
from Maryland
In office
January 24, 1826 – December 20, 1834
Preceded byEdward Lloyd
Succeeded byRobert H. Goldsborough
Personal details
Born(1788-02-28)February 28, 1788
Chestertown, Maryland, U.S.
DiedJanuary 30, 1867(1867-01-30) (aged 78)
Chestertown, Maryland
Political partyNational Republican

Ezekiel Forman Chambers (February 28, 1788 – January 30, 1867) was an American politician.[1]

Born in Chestertown, Maryland, Chambers was graduated from Washington College at Chestertown in 1805. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1808, and commenced practice in Chestertown. Chambers served during the War of 1812 as a captain of militia, commanding a company at the Battle of Caulk's Field in 1814. He attained the rank of brigadier general of militia after the war. In 1822, Chambers served in the Maryland State Senate.

Chambers was elected to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Edward Lloyd. He was reelected in 1831 and served from January 24, 1826, until his own resignation on December 20, 1834. In the Senate, Chambers served as chairman of the Committee on the District of Columbia (Twenty-first through Twenty-third Congresses).

After his tenure in the Senate, Chambers served as presiding judge of the second judicial circuit of Maryland and judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals from 1834 to 1851, having been appointed to the seat vacated by the resignation of Richard Tilghman Earle.[2] He was unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Governor of Maryland in 1864, and died in Chestertown in 1867. He was interred in Chester Cemetery.[1]

Chambers was a slave owner.[3][4]

See also[edit]

  • Widehall (1769-1770), a mansion in Chestertown, Maryland. Chambers's home from 1822 to 1867.


  1. ^ a b "CHAMBERS, Ezekiel Forman". bioguide.congress.gov.
  2. ^ John Thomas Scharf, "Judges of the Court of Appeals", History of Maryland from the Earliest Period to the Present Day (1879), p. 774.
  3. ^ Weil, Julie Zauzmer; Blanco, Adrian; Dominguez, Leo. "More than 1,700 congressmen once enslaved Black people. This is who they were, and how they shaped the nation". Washington Post. Retrieved 2022-01-29.
  4. ^ "Congress slaveowners", The Washington Post, 2022-01-27, retrieved 2022-01-29

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Party political offices
Preceded by Democratic nominee for Governor of Maryland
Succeeded by
U.S. Senate
Preceded by U.S. senator (Class 3) from Maryland
Served alongside: Samuel Smith, Joseph Kent
Succeeded by