Thomas Johnson was born November 4, 1732 in St. Leonard Creek, Maryland. He was a member of the Continental Congress and the General Assembly. He became a judge and was Chief Justice of the General Court of Maryland. In 1775, Thomas Johnson had the honor of nominating George Washington to be the Commander-in-Chief of the American Army. He was the first elected governor of Maryland. He lived near Frederick, Maryland in his plantation home called Rose Hill Manor. It was there he died on October 26, 1819. He lived to be 97 years old.