The Premier See (1789 - 1823)
The creation of the Diocese of Wilmington in 1868 resulted in the separation of Maryland's nine eastern shore counties from the Baltimore Archdiocese. With the separation of the Archdiocese of Washington from Baltimore seventy- nine years later, Maryland's five southern counties were given to the newly independent see. As late as 1962, the province of Baltimore, with the exception of Washington, included the states of Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and the eastern section of Florida. When the province of Atlanta was established, the Baltimore province was restricted to the suffragan sees of Richmond, Wheeling, and Wilmington.