Albert Cabell Ritchie, a patrician Democrat of ancient Maryland and Virginia lineage, served four terms as Maryland's governor between 1920 and 1934. With his carefully center-parted snow white hair, pince-nez eyeglasses, and movie star good looks, Ritchie who had earned a national reputation as an opponent of Prohibition, a supporter of states' rights, and foe of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, is probably best remembered as a shopping center-ridden highway that connects Baltimore and Annapolis. Born in 1876 in Richmond, Va., Ritchie was raised in Baltimore. An 1896 graduate of Johns Hopkins University, he earned his law degree in 1898 from the University of Maryland. In 1932, Ritchie made known his plans to seek the Democratic presidential nomination that year, and when that did not come to fruition, was offered the vice presidential berth by FDR, which he declined, preferring to be remembered as a successful governor rather than a powerless vice president. Ritchie was defeated for re-election in 1934 by Republican Harry W. Nice, who campaigned on the slogan, "Right the wrong of 1919." Ritchie was 59 years old when he died in 1936 at his home in the Washington Apartments in Mount Vernon Place. He was buried in Green Mount Cemetery. "A modest and charming gentleman, he had the strength of his convictions and the respect of all factions of his party," said The New York Times in an editorial at the time of his passing.
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