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Larry Hogan Sr. dies at 88

Larry Hogan Sr. waves during his son's State of the State Address in 2015. (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

Larry Hogan Sr. waves during his son’s State of the State Address in 2015. (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

Larry Hogan Sr., a former congressman and county executive and father of Gov. Larry Hogan Jr., died Thursday night after suffering a massive stroke last weekend. He was 88.

The death of the elder Hogan was announced before 11 p.m. on the governor’s Facebook page.

“At 10:24 tonight, an American hero, and the man that I am most proud of, passed away,” Hogan said in the post that featured an undated photo of the father and son political duo. “He had an amazing life that spanned 88 years. He leaves behind a loving family, countless friends and admirers, and a lasting legacy that won’t be forgotten.”

Hogan was hospitalized over the Easter weekend after suffering a massive stroke.

A spokesman for the governor disclosed the elder Hogan’s failing health Thursday when the governor canceled his public schedule to be with his father.

The younger Hogan grew up in politics working campaigns for his father. The elder Hogan served in Congress representing the 5th District, which included Prince George’s and Charles counties, from 1969-1975.

“While many of my friends were flipping through comic books, I was reading the Congressional Record,” Larry Hogan Jr. told The Washington Post in 2014.

A photo from Gov. Larry Hogan's office shows him as a boy with his father, Larry Sr. (Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

A photo from Gov. Larry Hogan’s office shows him as a boy with his father, Larry Sr. (Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

During that time, Hogan Sr. was the only Republican on the House Judiciary Committee to vote in favor of all three articles of impeachment filed against Republican President Richard M. Nixon. Hogan would later blast the Republican president in a news conference.

“The evidence convinces me that my president has lied repeatedly,” said Hogan, as reported by Time Magazine, “deceiving public officials and the American people. Instead of cooperating with prosecutors and investigators, as he said publicly, he concealed and covered up evidence, and coached witnesses so that their testimony would show things that really were not true… he praised and rewarded those who he knew had committed perjury. He actively participated in an extended and extensive conspiracy to obstruct justice.”

The younger Hogan emulated his father more than 30 years later by declaring he would not endorse then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. Hogan would later tell reporters that he wrote in the name of his father in the 2016 election instead of Trump.

Following his time in Congress, Larry Hogan Sr. served one term as the Prince George’s County executive — the last Republican to hold that office.

Larry Hogan Sr. was born in Boston in 1928. He later attended Gonzaga High School in Washington and Georgetown University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in history and philosophy in 1949 and a law degree in 1954. He was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar that same year.

He also worked as an FBI agent for a decade and was a published author.


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