Lord Baltimore I was born George Calvert. He was born in 1580. He attended Oxford University when he was 14. He graduated from Oxford in 1597. He became the Secretary of State for King James I in 1619. While he was a Member of Parliament, he heard exciting stories about the New World. He started a colony in the New World and named it Avalon. It was a cold place and it was hard to grow anything there. Eventually he asked the King if he could trade that land for some land further south. The king agreed but unfortunately he died in 1632, before he was able to see his new colony, Maryland, settled.