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
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.
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 Neeson: I 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 Fiennes: I traveled here in 2001 to film scenes of the movie Red Dragon.