Helen Delich Bentley, the former congresswoman from Maryland who died last month at 92, left large bequests from an estate estimated at $2.4 million to a children's hospital, animal-related charities and the tall ship Pride of Baltimore.
Bentley, a widow who had no children, put aside $1 million in trust for a grandniece in California.
In a 12-page will filed in Baltimore County, Bentley also left smaller gifts to friends and relatives. Among those receiving bequests is a longtime friend who was convicted of bank fraud and campaign finance violations in the 1990s.
Bentley, a former Baltimore Sun reporter and editor who served five terms in Congress from 1985 to 1995,...