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A Laurel Founder's Life
Laurel        Civil War     Japan

June-December 2004


Early Years: (1804-1834)

Laurel Years (1835-50)

A Life in Transition (1851-1859)

Civil War (1860-65)

Department of Agriculture (1866-1871)

Japan (1871-1875)

Final Years (1875-1885)

Credits & Acknowledgements



The Laurel Years:  1835-1850
Birth of a Lifelong Passion

The Laurel Years

Laurel Years:
An Orderly Village

Birth of A Lifelong Passion

A Presidential Visit and a Monumental Cornerstone

Leaving Laurel


Charter of the Prince George's County Agricultural Society


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During his time in Laurel  Horace Capron first developed an intense interest in agriculture and farming. Capron owned a 1200 acre farm in Laurel—including land in the Howard District--in addition to the property devoted to manufacturing. 

He bred prize-winning cattle. (He was particularly fond of the Devon & Durham breeds) and was a founder of the Prince George’s Agricultural Society. Publications like American Farmer spotlighted his achievements.  He spent large sums on farming—more than  $9,000 for fertilizer alone from 1841-47.

Col. Capron of Prince George’s County, exhibits Devon Bull Eclipse, which took the first prize last year.." American Farmer, quoted in HC Autobiography p. 71

"These and the younger portion of Col. Capron's stocks was probably the largest and most valuable herd ever exhibited by one breeder in the United States..”  American Farmer, quoted in HC  Autobiography p. 71.


Devon Cattle  by Charles Vancouver. 1808. Photos courtesy Westcountry Studies Library, Devon, UK