Name: Ethan Mulready District: St. Mary's, St. Charles, and the South (Maryland 5th) Date of Birth: 1 May 1760 Residence: St. Mary's City Alma Mater: University of Pennsylvania Religion: Roman Catholic Party: Federalist Profession: Attorney, planter
Ethan Mulready was born in May of 1760 to Matthew and Elizabeth Mulready, both of St. Mary's County in the Colony of Maryland. The Mulreadys were early settlers of the colony, arriving aboard the Ark at the first settlement of Maryland under Lord Baltimore. The entire family played a strong role in the politics of the colony, though maintaining moderate stances on most issues.
Ethan attended the University of Pennsylvania, studying law, before returning to Southern Maryland to take over the running of the family's tobacco plantation, and to manage a small law practice in Leonardtown, a few miles from the family's Meadowbrook Plantation. His age meant he was able to sit out much of the Revolutionary War, though he harbored Loyalist sympathies like many in the Maryland colony.
His father was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, and arranged for his son's name to be put forward for the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, where Ethan voted against the final draft for centralizing too much power in the hands of the federal government. Nonetheless, he sought election to the First Congress of the United States, and managed a narrow victory in the 5th district, centered around his home in Southern Maryland.