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Harry W. Nice, 1935-1939
The man who brought the Ritchie era to an end was Harry Whinna Nice (right with Albert Ritchie), a lawyer, who rose from the Baltimore City Council, served as secretary to Mayor E. Clay Timanus, later was a state's attorney, and was also a judge in the Tax Appeals Court of Baltimore City.
The son of a Methodist preacher and a homemaker, Nice was born in 1877 in Washington, and raised in Baltimore, where he graduated from City College. He was a graduate of Dickinson College and earned a law degree in 1899 from the University of Maryland.
Elected governor in 1934, Nice was the third Republican to hold that office since the Civil War. His administration was shaped by the Depression and economic woes that gripped the nation.
It was during his administration that the governor's mansion in Annapolis was transformed from a Victorian to its present Georgian-style home.
After being defeated in 1938 by Herbert R. O'Conor, Nice returned to the practice of law. The Mount Washington resident died in 1941, and was buried in the mausoleum at Green Mount Cemetery.
While not remembered as being a particularly effective governor, Nice was recalled for his friendliness and for being an affable politician. "In life, Harry Nice tugged at the heartstrings. So in death!" observed The Sun.
January 11, 1935