Benedict Joseph Semmes Edit Profile
Born in Charles County, Maryland, Semmes attended the rural schools and a medical college in Philadelphia. He graduated from Baltimore Medical School in 1811 and commenced practice in Prince George's County, Maryland.
He later engaged in farming. He served in the Maryland State Senate, and was elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-first and Twenty-second Congresses, serving from March 4, 1829 to March 3, 1833. He lived in retirement until his death at Oak Lawn in Prince George's County.
Semmes served as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1825 to 1828 and served as speaker. He was again a member of the Maryland House of Delegates in 1842 and 1843.