Colonel Charles Ridgely

A historic print showing what Baltimore looked like in 1752.
Print: Baltimore in 1752.

Courtesy, Maryland Historical Society

Colonel Charles Ridgely (1702-1772) was a prosperous merchant in Baltimore Town. He was also a planter who in the 1740s and 1750s expanded his landholdings in Baltimore and Anne Arundel Counties. In 1760, Colonel Ridgely purchased a tract twelve miles north of Baltimore Town for the purpose of establishing an ironworks. He operated the Northampton Ironworks in partnership with his sons, John and Charles Ridgely, Jr., and continued to conduct a commercial shipping business between the American colonies and England.




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Last updated: April 12, 2024

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