Gov. Martin O'Malley, stepping into a role traditionally played by a legislator,
O'Malley, who is widely believed to have his eye on the job Washington held first, became the first governor to deliver the traditional Washington commemoration at the invitation of Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller.
The governor delivered the address is the State House's recently restored Old House Chamber, across the hall from the Senate chamber where Washington resigned as commander of the Continental Army in 1783 during a brief period when Annapolis was the national capital.
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