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Four articles covering the recent Democratic primary for attorney general in Maryland, including “Democratic candidates for attorney general have a long history together” [Metro, July 7], stated that 1952 was the last year that a Republican was elected attorney general. That statement is not correct.

In 1952, Edward Rollins, a Republican, was appointed attorney general by then- Gov. Theodore Mckeldin, a Republican, to succeed Hall Hammond. Hammond, a Democrat, had been elected in 1946 and reelected in 1950; he resigned to accept a position on the Maryland Court of Appeals.

Rollins was the Republican candidate for attorney general in 1954 and lost to C. Ferdinand Sybert, the Democratic candidate.

The last Republican to be elected attorney general in Maryland was Alex Armstrong in 1919.

Alan Kaufmann, Mclean

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