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Rowland K. Adams (July 10, 1889 – July 30, 1944) was a Justice of the Maryland Court of Appeals, the highest court in the state of Maryland, from 1943 to 1944.

Born in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, Adams moved with his family to Boonsboro, Maryland in 1895, where he attended Hagerstown High School. Adams graduated from St. John's College in Annapolis in 1911, and from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1914.[1]

Adams served stateside as a captain of infantry in the First World War,[1][2] and was later a deputy state's attorney and a member of the Baltimore city supreme bench. During World War II, on March 26, 1942, Adams was appointed director of the Third Civilian Defense Region.[3] On January 27, 1943, Governor Herbert O'Conor appointed Adams to a vacancy on the Maryland Court of Appeals caused by the death of Chief Judge Carroll T. Bond,[2] and subsequent elevation of Judge D. Lindley Sloan to the position of Chief Judge.[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Judge Adams Dies Saturday, Aged 55 ", The Morning Herald (July 31, 1944), p. 1.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Maryland Appellate Judge R.K. Adams Dies", The Evening Sun (July 31, 1944), p. 5.
  3. "Judge Rowland K. Adams named director of third region", Victory, Volume 3, Part 1 (March 31, 1942), p. 30.
Political offices
Preceded by
D. Lindley Sloan
Judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals
1943–1944
Succeeded by
William L. Henderson

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