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I would not be writing this today, if it weren’t for the philanthropy of this man.

Happy birthday, Johns Hopkins!

Portrait of Johns Hopkins

Johns Hopkins
May 19, 1795 – December 24, 1873

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Is it John or Johns Hopkins?

Johns Hopkins

May 19, 1795 – December 24, 1873

Johns Hopkins

Historical marker for Johns Hopkins birthplaceAs I’ve mentioned before, I’m a native Marylander. I grew up about ten miles from this sign.

But I have a confession to make.

The first time I truly noticed the “s” in Johns, I thought it was a typo.

But then I noticed it’s spelled like that everywhere: street signs, athletic wear, university buildings. That’s a pretty wide-spread typo.

It turns out, “Johns” is a family name. Our Johns was named after his grandfather, the first Johns Hopkins, who in turn was named for his mother, Margaret Johns.

So, there you have it, the mystery of the “s” solved. It is NOT a typo.

Want to know more about Johns Hopkins? There are great resources housed in the archives of JHU's Sheridan Libraries. You can start with this biographical sketch and then read “Mr. Johns Hopkins,” a longer article written by Kathryn Jacobs on the 100th anniversary of his death.

On this day, 379 years ago, 150 settlers landed on St. Clement’s Island and established the colony of  Maryland.

The day is now a state holiday and is celebrated in both the original capital of St. Marys and the current capital of Annapolis.

With mountains, marshes, rivers, ocean and Chesapeake Bay  – Maryland is sometimes called “America in miniature.”  It’s a small state, measuring just 12, 193 square miles, but it’s the birthplace of Harriet Tubman, Babe Ruth, Billie Holiday, Upton Sinclair, Matthew Henson and of course, our own Johns Hopkins.

Happy birthday, Maryland!

Maryland Dove
Replica of the Dove, one of two ships that carried European settlers to Maryland.