William Othello Wilson, a native of Hagerstown, Maryland, was born on September 16, 1867. He enlisted in the United States Army on August 21, 1889. He earned the Medal of Honor on December 30, 1890 for "gallantry in action voluntarily", for successfully carrying a message to the battalion commander at the Pine Ridge Indian Agency in South Dakota.
Juanita E. Jackson Mitchell was the first black woman to graduate from the University of Maryland law school and the first Black woman to practice law in Maryland. Originally denied admission to the University in 1927, she attended Morgan State College and transferred to the University of Pennsylvania after two years. With legal support from the Baltimore branch of the NAACP, which her mother headed, Mitchell was admitted when the university dropped their racial barriers.
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John David Albert was born in Hagerstown, Maryland in 1806.Albert spent the winter of 1833-34 in St. Louis where he undoubtedly heard many of the stories of adventure and fortune to be made in the fur trade of the Upper Missouri River basin. In the spring of 1834 he went to the mountains with a party of sixty men.