Gov. Larry Hogan’s father, Frederick resident Lawrence Hogan Sr., died Thursday night, leaving behind “a lasting legacy that won't be forgotten,” the governor said.
Lawrence Hogan Sr., a former Maryland congressman, was 88.
Hogan suffered a major stroke Saturday and his condition later took a turn for the worse, the governor’s office confirmed.
Gov. Hogan canceled his Thursday events to be by his father’s side. He issued a statement about his father’s death through Facebook.
“At 10:24 tonight, an American hero, and the man that I am most proud of, passed away,” the governor wrote. “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.”
The elder Hogan served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1969 to 1975 representing Maryland’s 5th Congressional District, which included Prince George’s and Charles counties near Washington. In 1974, Hogan became the only Republican on the House Judiciary Committee to support all three articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon.
“Party loyalty and personal affection and precedence of the past must fall, I think, before the arbiter of men’s action — the law itself,” Hogan testified at the time. “No man, not even the president of the United States, is above the law. For our system of justice and our system of government to survive, we must pledge our highest allegiance to the strength of the law and not to the common frailties of men.”
The younger Hogan spoke of that decision during an emotional point in his 2015 inaugural address.
“Dad put aside party politics and his own personal considerations in order to do the right thing for the nation. And he taught me more about integrity in one day than most men learn in a lifetime. And I am so proud to be his son,” Hogan said, before stepping away from the podium to give his father a hug.
In the 2016 presidential election, the governor chose not to vote for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, instead casting a write-in vote for his father.
A former FBI agent, the older Hogan made an unsuccessful run for the Republican nomination for governor in 1974 in an effort to challenge then-Gov. Marvin Mandel, a Democrat. Hogan was defeated in the GOP primary by Louise Gore.
Hogan served as Prince George’s County executive from 1978 to 1982, and had a record of cutting growth in county spending and taxes. He is the most recent Republican to hold that post. His son, the future governor, worked for his dad when he was county executive.
The elder Hogan ran for U.S. Senate in 1982, and was defeated by first-term Democratic Sen. Paul Sarbanes.
At the time of his death, Hogan had been living in Frederick, where the family moved in the early 1980s, marking the end of his political career.
In a 1983 article about the family’s move, the elder Hogan told a Washington Post reporter: “Frederick used to be part of Prince George's County, you know. We're just reclaiming it for the natives.”
The family lived in a large home off of New Design Road which was the former residence of Margaret Scholl Hood, benefactor of Hood College.
In the county, Hogan worked as a consultant and lecturer at the Federal Emergency Management Agency training center and National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg.
Hogan was also a writer and editor. One of his books, Legal Aspects of the Fire Service, was published in 1995 and is still used today. He also wrote The Osage Indian Murders in 1998 and edited a book as recently as 2001.
When he moved to Republican-friendly Frederick, Hogan was asked whether he would consider re-entering the world of politics.
"Republicans are respectable in Frederick County, but I've got to put it behind me,” Hogan said in the 1983 Washington Post article. "Like the boxer who goes back for one more bout, he's got to know when his career is over. And I've got to know when my career in politics is over."
His family members picked up the political mantle.
His second wife, Ilona, served on the Frederick County Board of County Commissioners for more than six years.
Another son, Patrick Hogan, represented Frederick’s District 3A in the House of Delegates from January 2003 to January 2007, and then again from January 2011 to January 2015.
Larry Hogan, Jr., of course, was sworn in as Maryland’s 62nd governor in 2015.
Lawrence Hogan Sr. is survived by five sons and his wife. His daughter, Theresa Lazarus, died last year.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.