Charles Benedict Calvert was an American politician, a U. S. Representative from the sixth district of Maryland, serving one term from 1861 to 1863, he was an early backer of the inventors of the telegraph, in 1856 he founded the Maryland Agricultural College, the first agricultural research college in America, now known as the University of Maryland. He was a direct descendant of the Lords Baltimore, proprietary governors of the Province of Maryland from 1631 until 1776. Calvert was born on August 1808 at his family's estate at Riversdale, Maryland, his mother was Rosalie Eugenia Stier, the daughter of a wealthy Flemish aristocrat, Baron Henri Joseph Stier and his wife Marie-Louise Peeters. The Stiers had fled to America in the late eighteenth century as French Republican armies occupied their hometown of Antwerp. Calvert's father, the wealthy planter George Calvert, was the son of the Loyalist politician Benedict Swingate Calvert – a natural son of the penultimate Proprietary Governor of Maryland, Charles Calvert, 5th Baron Baltimore – and Benedict's wife Elizabeth Calvert.
Calvert completed his preparatory studies at Bladensburg Academy of Maryland. He received a certificate of completion from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1827 though he attended the university spuriously, engaged in agricultural pursuits and stock breeding. Calvert inherited a plantation from his family, called Riverdale, he "introduced scientific agriculture to the plantation, adopted ideas published in journals and newspapers, exhibited at county and state fairs, introduced a number of his own innovations. He could implement these innovations because of the large number of slaves – as many as 55 in 1850 – at his command."Calvert was a strong backer of the inventors of the telegraph, Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail. On April 9, 1844, Morse and Vail tested their device by transmitting a message from the nation's capital to the Calvert home, Riversdale; this test came 45 days before the more celebrated event when Morse sent the message "What hath God wrought?" from Washington to Baltimore, along telegraph lines that ran above the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad line near Riversdale.
Calvert became president of the Prince George's County, Maryland Agricultural Society and the Maryland State Agricultural Society, served as vice president of the United States Pomological Society. He founded the first agricultural research college in America, chartered in 1856. Calvert was one of the early advocates for the establishment of the United States Department of Agriculture. Calvert served as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates in 1839, 1843, 1844. In 1860, Calvert was elected as a Unionist to the Thirty-seventh Congress, serving from March 4, 1861 until March 3, 1863, but was not a candidate for renomination in 1862, he resumed agricultural pursuits until his death at Riversdale, is interred in Calvert Cemetery. United States Congress. "Charles Benedict Calvert". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.. Retrieved 2009-03-31 Calvert Family Tree. Retrieved July 10, 2013 The Calverts and Stiers of Riversdale. Retrieved November 2010
Bonda Umamaheswara Rao is an Indian politician and member of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly for Vijayawada Central constituency. He is a National spokes Person of the Telugu Desam TTD Board Member. Bonda Umamaheswara Rao was born to Sri. Kanaka Rao and Smt. Pushpavathi at Vijayawada, Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh, India on Jan 30th, 1966. Bonda Umamaheswara Rao is married to Sujatha; the couple has two children. Uma began his political career as a party worker of the Telugu Desam Party and rose to the ranks of the state general secretary, he was elected MLA of the Vijayawada Central constituency, that consists of more than 5 lakh members and is a prominent and a distinct leader in the statevidual Uma Maheshwara Rao, has gained tremendous support from amongst the youth and the poor owing to his pragmatic policies and commitment to the party’s core ideology. For about a decade Uma has been earnestly devoted to the TDP party and is perceived to be a noble and a dynamic Leader serving to be of an inspiration to the youth.
Having joined the party in 2005, Uma is as enthusiastic and vigorous as he was and is the one who seeks to build the party from the grass root level. Having played a key role in all the ranks and movements of his political career, it was Uma’s intrepid nature and fearless attitude that helped him to work with great zeal and vigour in addressing issues that were affecting the common man. Inspiring through his social activities Mr. Bonda was inspired from the leader and founder of the Telugu Desam Party, Sri N. T. Rama Rao and Swami Vivekananda. Uma passionately supports the Telugu Desam Party ’s goals of National Integrity and was intrinsically associated with a number of social and philanthropic organisations since his school days, he participated in a variety of constructive programs aimed at poverty alleviation among targeted groups, extending help to the needy and building awareness among people about social, political and legal issues. Uma actively participated in rescue and rehabilitation programs to help the victims of cyclone and floods.
National Telugu Desam Party Spokes Person State Telugu Desam Party General Secretary TTD board memberAS MEMBER OF LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY 2014: Elected from Vijayawada Central constituency
Leslie Gilbert Dwyer was an English film and television character actor. He was born in Catford, the son of the popular music hall comedian Johnny Dwyer, acted from the age of ten and appeared in his first film in 1921, he is best known for his role as the Punch and Judy man Mr Partridge in BBC sitcom Hi-de-Hi!. Film roles included In Which We Serve, The Way Ahead, the 1952 remake of Hindle Wakes, Act of Love in which he played a two hander scene opposite the young Brigitte Bardot, Room in the House, the 1959 remake of Hitchcock's The 39 Steps, Die, Die!. He played Sergeant Dusty Miller in the original 1942 production of Terence Rattigan's play Flare Path, his most notable television role was as Mr Partridge the miserable Punch and Judy man with an aversion to children in the British sitcom Hi-de-Hi!. He took roles in Public Eye in 1969, Doctor Who and in Steptoe and Son and June, Wodehouse Playhouse, Z-Cars and The Sweeney, in which he played "old sea dog" Ted Greenhead in the episode Trojan Bus'.'