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General William Smallwood Photo

General William Smallwood was born in 1732, the same year as George Washington. Little is known about Smallwood's early life. He first appeared on official records when he purchased land in Charles County in the late 1750s.

Around the same time, Smallwood was elected to the lower house of the Maryland Assembly as a delegate to Charles County. Smallwood also became an active supporter of the Patriots, who opposed British taxation and policies. When the Maryland Provincial Convention authorized a nine-company infantry battalion to support the patriots' fight for independence, Smallwood was appointed as commanding colonel of the unit. John Hancock ordered the battalion to join the American army in 1776.

After the Revolutionary War, Smallwood was elected to Congress and then selected to serve as Governor of Maryland. Smallwood held his final public office in 1791 when he was elected as a presiding officer to the Maryland State Senate. Smallwood died in 1792.

Source: School documents. Photograph reprinted through the courtesy of Jack D. Brown, book coordinator of A History Charles County Maryland, bicentennial edition.

Our Vision

At General Smallwood, our vision is to create a respectful community so that all students can learn in a safe and orderly environment. Our school will encourage personal responsibility and help students develop the academic skills needed to be successful in the 21st century.

Core Values and Beliefs

Our mission is for all students to receive a rigorous, high quality education in a positive environment in which all students are respected and supported. We will be guided by the following beliefs:

  • We are student centered.
  • We strive for academic excellence and have high expectations for all staff and students.
  • We encourage an open line of respectful communication between leadership, staff, students and parents.
  • Staff is professional, prepared and planned every day.
  • We create a safe and orderly environment, which is fair, and ethical that supports diversity and we are a bully free zone.
  • We work as a team. As they say "Teamwork makes the dream work!"
  • We believe in developing the whole student by providing opportunity and encouraging students to participate in extracurricular activities.
  • We believe that students are most successful when parents are involved in their child’s education. The educational program should be the shared responsibility of all stakeholders: the school, home, community and the student.

Our Motto
At General Smallwood, we are GREAT – focusing on
Growth, Relationships, Excellence, Accountability, and Teamwork