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George Dent (1756 – December 2, 1813) was an Americanmarker planter and politician from Marylandmarker who served in the House of Representatives from 1793 to 1801.

Dent was born on his father’s estate, "Windsor Castle", on the Mattawoman River in Charles Countymarker. He served during the American Revolutionary War as first lieutenant of militia of Charles and St. Mary's Counties under Captain Thomas H. Marshall, and as first lieutenant in the Third Battalion of the Flying Camp Regular Troops of Maryland in 1776. He was also appointed a captain in the Twenty-sixth Battalion of the Maryland Militia in 1778.

After the war, Dent served as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1782 to 1790, where he was speaker pro tempore in 1788 and speaker in 1789 and 1790. He served as the justice of the Charles County Court in 1791 and 1792, and as member of the Maryland Senate in 1791 and 1792, where he was President of the Senate during the latter year until his resignation on December 21 1792.

In 1792, Dent was elected as a Pro-Administration candidate to the Third Congress and reelected as a Federalist to the Fourth through Sixth Congresses, serving from March 4, 1793 to March 3, 1801. In Congress, Dent served as chairman of the Committee on Elections (Sixth Congress). He also served as Speaker pro tempore of the House at various times from 1797 to 1799.

Upon leaving Congress, Dent was appointed by President Thomas Jefferson as United States marshal of the District Court for the Potomac District at Washington, D.C.marker on April 4 1801. He moved to Georgiamarker in 1802 and settled about twelve miles from Augustamarker, where he died. He is interred on his plantation.


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