Baltimore is the largest city in Maryland, located in the center of the state on the Potapsco River, which branches out from the Chesapeake Bay.

It began as a tobacco port in 1709, and was established as a town in 1729, named for one of its benefactors, Cecil Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore.

Today, Baltimore is known for its riverwalks, as the location of John Hopkins University, and for its "neighborhood" feel that has led some to dub it "Charm City."

People Born in Baltimore

Babe Ruth

Virginia Clemm Poe

Baltimore in People's Lives

Abraham Lincoln: While in this city in 1861, there were at least two assassination attempts made against me. Thankfully, my head of security Allan Pinkerton uncovered both.

Jack London: I visited here in 1912, to set off on a sailing voyage around the Horn on a 148-day trip. My ship was called the Dirigo. We sailed from this city to Seattle.

James Buchanan: I participated in some fighting here in 1812, volunteering as a private in the army to help defend this city. I remain the only United States President to have ever serve in the military without ever being an officer.

Liam NeesonI traveled here in 1987 to film scenes of the movie Satisfaction

Mary Todd Lincoln: I traveled to this city in 1868 with my son Tad, to board a ship heading to Europe. It was my first trip overseas.

Ralph FiennesI traveled here in 2001 to film scenes of the movie Red Dragon.

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