Jacob Francis Wheaton

Jacob Francis Wheaton (HM20ZT)

Location: Hagerstown, MD 21740 Washington County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 37.942', W 77° 43.399'

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1835-1924

—Civil Rights And Education Figure —

Jacob Wheaton was born in Middletown, Maryland and moved to Hagerstown in the 1850s. he is believed to be the first African-American to vote in Maryland after the civil war for casting h1s vote in the Hagerstown Mayoral Election of 1868. In 1897, he became the first African-American to sit on a petit jury in the county. He was also the first African-American court officer in Washington county, serving as a bailiff from the 1890s to 1924. Wheaton was an advocate for the creation of a high school for African-American youth in Washington county. As a result, the first 12-year program diplomas were awarded at North Street School in 1928. When the city opened a new municipal park in 1937, it was named in Jacob Wheaton's honor.
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HM NumberHM20ZT
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Date Added Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 at 7:01am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 266280 N 4390499
Decimal Degrees39.63236667, -77.72331667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 37.942', W 77° 43.399'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 37' 56.52" N, 77° 43' 23.94" W
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Area Code(s)240, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 583-597 MD-65, Hagerstown MD 21740, US
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