Purnell, William Henry
- Jacob L. Susskind
Purnell, William Henry (03 February 1826–30 March 1902), politician and educator, was born in Worcester County, Maryland, the son of Moses Purnell and Maria Bowen, farmers. In 1846 he was graduated from Delaware College (now the University of Delaware). After reading law at Snow Hill with Judge John R. Franklin, Purnell was admitted to the Maryland bar in 1848. He was also elected a member of the county school board and chief town commissioner. At this time he was an ardent Whig. In 1849 he and Margaret Neill Martin were married. They had ten children, of whom the first five died from diphtheria in childhood....