1687, State's Attorney for St Marys Co., MD
1694, Member: House of Burgess
April 26, 1704, Speaker of the House
October 20, 1698, Attorney General
HELD RANK OF MAJOR
Served in the early Indian Wars and earned his rank.
Eventually reached Colonel
For Colony of Maryland
DOCTOR FOR ST. MARY'S, CHARLES AND CALVERT COUNTIES
Subscriber for the foundation of the old King William School at Annapolis [now St. John's College] and also one of its first visitors and trustees. This was the first free school in the province.
William Dent born c 1652, was States Attorney for St Mary's Co, Charles Co, Calvert Co, Maryland. He was a member of the House of Bergers, Speaker of the House. The house of Berges ws an assembly of colonial Virginia and was the first elected assembly in America. In 1775 Patrick Henry delivered his famous words, "Give me Liberty or give me death" before the House of Berges. He was a desc of King Edward I of England.
William inherited the Hull's Neck plantation on Westbury manor in St Mary's Co, and a port of the large plantation on the Najemoy in Charles Co, where he established his dwelling-plantation. Few colonial squires lived in more style and eleen William Dent, with his numerous slaves and white indentured servents on his several plantations. Besides his country seat on the Najemoy, he maintained a town house in Annapolis, the capital and social center of the province, and well-stocked plantations on the Mattawoman in Prince Georges Co, and another stock farm at Portobacco Clifts. His library was considerable for that day and the value of his silver and plate at his death was increditable.
On March 20, 1682/83, at the age of 22 he was sworn before His Lordship's Justices of Charles Co, as an attorney. At the age of 26 he began his public service as clerk of the Lower House of the Assembly.
Ref: Maryland Marriages 1634-1777 p 50.
Colonial Families of the United States, Whos Who in America, p 201, 202, 152-153.
The Maryland Dents pg 15
Colonel William Dent was born in St. Mary's County, Maryland in 1652, according to a deposition he made in 1697 at the age of 37. He was the eldest son of Judge Thomas Dent and his wife Rebecca Wilkinson Dent. He carried on the traditions and Loyality to the Crown as did his father . At the time of his death in 1704-4, William Dent was one of the most outstanding and respected Statesman in the Colonies, as well as one of the most affluent.
On February 8, 1684, Col William Dent and Elizabeth Fowke were married at the home of Elizabeth's mother, Anne Thoroughgood Fowke (wife of deceased Gerard Fowke.
Father Col. Gerard Fowke was a gentleman of the bedchamber of King Charles I of England and a direct descendent of Henry II, King of Eng) in Port Tabacco, Charles County, Maryland. Attending the wedding was Elizabeth Fowke's half-brother, Col William Chandler and his wife Madam Mary Chandler, her brother Mr. Garard Fowke and his wife Mary Fowke, and many other guests. The license was received by Rev. John Furling, Presbit. Anglianae. Eclesiae.
Col. William Dent and his wife, Elizabeth Fowke Dent had a large family but only four children lived to maturity, Capt.Thomas Dent 3rd., Col George Dent, Judge Peter Dent, and Elizabeth Dent, who married Richard Tarvin. Thomas Dent was bn. There were five other children who died very young. William, b. Dec. 13, 1688, Gerard Dent b.1688, Elizabeth b. 1688, d.1699, Anne Dent b.1692, Phillip Dent. (Source: Lillian Tarvin Williams September 1983)
Descendents of William DENT and Elizabeth FOWKE:
1. Peter DENT m Mary BROOKE in 1726 in Prince George Co, Maryland. Peter Dent, born 1693 in Charles County, Maryland; died October 20, 1757 in Prince George Co. Mary Brooke, born October 08, 1709 in Prince George Co died Jan 10, 1779 in Prince George Co. She was the daughter of Thomas Brooke and Lucy Smith. Peter Dent was a judge and collector of customs in Somerset Co, Md. He was baptized January 13, 1694/95; and his will was probated November 23, 1757.
2. Peter DENT, Jr, m Mary Eleanor (..)
3. Geoge DENT m Susannah Dawson
4. Frederick Fayette DENT m Ellen Bray Wrenshall
5. Julia Boggs DENT m ULYSSES SIMPSON GRANT (1822-1855), 18th Pres of US
(source: The Royal Descents of 500 Immigrants to the American Colonies or the United States, by Gary Boyd Roberts)