George Calvert, Baron Baltimore
George Calvert, Baron of Baltimore helped found the North American province of Maryland. He sought new land to practice Catholicism freely.
George Calvert, Baron of Baltimore, was born circa 1578. He served in the House of Commons beginning and was knighted in 1617. He converted to Catholicism in 1625. In 1628, he moved to Avalon, a New World colony, but was not accepted due to his beliefs. He returned to England to request land, what would later become Maryland, so he could practice Catholicism. He died in 1632 before permission was granted.