Idamae Garrott

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Idamae Garrott
Member of the Maryland Senate
from the 19th district
In office
Succeeded byLeonard Teitelbaum[2]
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
from the 19th district
In office
Serving with Helen L. Koss, Lucille Maurer, Joseph E. Owens[3]
Preceded byEugene J. Zander[4]
Montgomery County Council
In office
Personal details
Idamae Thomas Riley[5]

(1916-12-24)December 24, 1916
Washington, D.C.
DiedJune 13, 1999(1999-06-13) (aged 82)
Silver Spring, Maryland
Political partyDemocratic
William Garrott
(m. 1948)
Relatives2 children, 2 grandchildren[5]
ResidenceLeisure World, Maryland
Alma materWestern Maryland College[1]

Idamae Garrott (December 24, 1916 – June 13, 1999) was an American politician from Silver Spring, Maryland and a member of the Democratic Party.[1][5] She was a member of the Maryland Senate (1987–1994); the Maryland House of Delegates (1979–1987); and the Montgomery County Council (1966–1974; president, 1971).[1][5]

Garrott lost the 1974 election for Montgomery County Executive to Republican James P. Gleason and the 1976 Democratic primary race for the House of Representatives to Lanny Davis.[5] She got started in politics in 1952 when she helped found the Montgomery County League of Women Voters, of which she was president from 1962 to 1966.[2][5]

Garrott was noted for advocating slow growth in development.[2] She was described in the Montgomery Journal as "passionately opposed" to the Inter-County Connector (ICC) and "the godmother of the anti-ICC movement".[2] The executive director of the Humane Society of Baltimore County described her posthumously as "the most prominent advocate of animal protection legislation in Maryland's General Assembly", and as a leader in the effort to make dog fighting illegal in Maryland (the last of the 50 states to ban dog fighting), introducing legislation every year for 10 years.[6] Garrott was also credited with saving the historic Linden Oak in the 1970s by getting the Washington Metro's Red Line rerouted around it.[7][8]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Maryland State Senator Idamae Garrott". Society of Senates Past. Maryland State Archives. March 16, 2000. Retrieved July 27, 2023.
  2. ^ a b c d Lee, Karen (June 16, 1999). "Friends, colleagues remember Garrott as woman of conviction". Montgomery Journal. p. A5. Retrieved July 27, 2023 – via Maryland State Archives.
  3. ^ "House of Delegates, Legislative District 19". Archives of Maryland Historical List. Maryland State Archives. April 30, 1999. Retrieved July 27, 2023.
  4. ^ "Obituaries". The Washington Post. October 23, 1999. Retrieved July 27, 2023. ...defeated by Idamae Garrott in his 1978 bid for reelection to the House.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Levy, Claudia (June 14, 1999). "Montgomery Politician Idamae Garrott Dies". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 27, 2023.
  6. ^ Branchini, Frank C. (June 25, 1999). "Maryland's animals have lost a champion". The Baltimore Sun. ProQuest 406426468.
  7. ^ Olmo, Joseph; Rampani, Lori (July 18, 2023). "300-year-old Linden oak tree cut down in Montgomery County". NBC4 Washington. Retrieved July 27, 2023.
  8. ^ Bastien, Sulaiman (June 12, 2023). "300-year-old Linden Oak tree being removed from Bethesda due to 'poor health'". FOX 5 DC. Retrieved July 27, 2023.

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