In 1638 Margaret Brent received a land grant in Maryland and set up a successful plantation with her sister Mary.
Margaret Brent often went to court to carry out legal transactions for herself and others.
In 1647, when Lord Calvert, the governor of Maryland, was dying, he put her in charge of his estate. At the time the governor’s soldiers were about to rebel because they had not been paid.
Brent calmed them and found a way to pay them, saving Maryland from a revolt.
The Maryland assembly later praised her efforts. But when she asked for two votes in the assembly because she owned her property and was also in charge of Lord Calvert’s estate, the assembly turned her down.