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The Maryland Club formed in 1857, when workboats, sailing ships, and steamboats jammed Baltimore harbor.

Political parties frequently met here to nominate candidates for President, and citizens proudly referred to the place as “the monumental city.” The new club chose as its first president a well educated lover of horse racing and nephew of the late French emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte. It eventually settled in an imposing house that Robert Mills had designed and that stood on the northeast corner of Franklin and Cathedral streets.

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It is the policy of the Maryland Club to establish, promote and maintain a diverse and inclusive membership of highly qualified individuals regardless of race, gender, religion, ethnicity and sexual orientation.


Our club combines tradition with salutary change by preserving the nineteenth-century traditions.