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Hugh McAlear, appointment certificate as Allegany County, Maryland Coroner

Identifier: AC-477

Scope and Contents

This collection is made up of one Certificate Appointing Hugh McAlear as Coroner of Alleghany County, Maryland dated February 20, 1844. (Alleghany is most likely Allegany).


  • February 20, 1844


All materials are in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room without restrictions.

Historical Note

The county coroner was principally responsible for the investigation of suspicious deaths, a function performed prior to 1666 by the county sheriff and thereafter by a coroner appointed by the governor. From the early nineteenth century, the governor commonly designated one of the county justices of the peace as coroner.

The county coroner, usually with the assistance of a jury, called witnesses, examined evidence, and thereby determined the cause of death, which findings were reported to the police authorities or to the county (later circuit) court. The office of county coroner was abolished in 1939, with its responsibilities assumed by the State Department of Post Mortem Examiners. (from


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The Hugh McAlear, Appointment Certificate as Allegany County, Maryland Coroner collection consists of one vintage 8" x 14" certificate ascertaining the appointment of Hugh McAlear as one of the coroners of Allegany County, Maryland, dated February 20, 1844. It is signed by Theodorick Bland, Chancellor.


As this is a single-item collection, there is no formal arrangement.

Acquisitions Information

This collection was purchased from Bookworm and Silverfish in 2009 and accessioned as AC.2009.012.

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott, July 2013. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.
AC.477: Hugh McAlear, Appointment Certificate as Allegany County, Maryland Coroner, February 20, 1844
Processed by Anita Elliott
July 31, 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the Appalachian State University Special Collections Repository

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