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      Delaware's Constitution, adopted in 1792, prohibited any individual from being immediately re-elected to the office of Governor and also set a term limit of three (3) years. The Constitution was changed in 1831 to extend the term of Governor from three (3) to four (4) years also to NOT allow an individual to be re-elected. Military service, if any shown is the highest rank obtained.



( March 4, 1801 - January 19, 1802 )
( " Assumed Term of Gov. Richard Bassett after his resignation " )


Kent County - Federalist - Age 39 - Physcian - Episcopalian

Interesting Facts:


           

    "Gov. Sykes' Home"
    ( 2002 - Photo by Russ Pickett )
  • Was a ratifier of the U.S. Constitution for Delaware in 1787.
  • 3rd individual to assume the office of Governor.
  • Grandfather of General George Sykes, Union General in the Civil War.

Date & Place of Birth:
     March 27, 1761, Near Dover, Delaware

Parents:
     "Continental Congressman James Sykes, Sr." & Agnes (Bell?) Sykes

Married:
     Elizabeth Goldsborough
     Their Children:
          James - became a Physcian in Dover, Delaware
          Anna Matilda
          William
- Father of Civil War General George Sykes

Facts about his life:

  • Attended schools in Dover, Wilmington and Newark
  • Studied medicine under Dr. (Governor) "Joshua Clayton"
  • Moved to and set up medical practice in Cambridge, Md. where he met his wife Elizabeth
  • Moved back to Dover, Delaware
  • Served in the Delaware State Senate, 1793-1795
  • Served as Clerk of the Delaware State House of Representatives in 1796
  • Served in the Delaware State Senate from 1797 to 1801, Speaker of the Senate in 1800 & 1801
  • Assumed Governor's Office upon being the Speaker of the Senate after the resignation of "Gov. Richard Bassett" who was appointed United States Circuit Judge by "President John Adams" and served from March 4, 1801 to January 19, 1802
  • Was not a candidate for Governor after assuming the previous term
  • Served in the Delaware State Senate, 1802-1812
  • Moved to New York from 1814 until 1820
  • Moved back to Dover, Delaware in 1820
  • Military Service: None

Date & Place of Death:
     October 18, 1822 - Dover, Delaware - Age 61

Place of burial:
     Christ Episcopal Church, Dover, Delaware (unmarked)

Home(s):
     The Green, Dover, De. ( currently offices )

"Click Here" for Governor Sykes' "Find A Grave" record.




( January 19, 1802 - January 15, 1805 )


Sussex County - Democrat-Republican - Age 50 - Lawyer - Presbyterian

Interesting Facts:


          

    " Governor Hall's Home "
    ( 2003 - Photo by Russ Pickett )
  • 1st non-Federalist to be elected to office
  • 1st Democrat-Republican to be elected to office
  • 10th Governor to be elected to office

Date & Place of Birth:
     January 4, 1752, Lewes, Delaware

Parents:
     David & Mary Kollock Hall

Married:
     Catherine Tingley - in 1776 - (??-1810) - "Online Memorial"

     Their Children:
          Elizabeth - married Dr. John White
          Mary - married Dr. Robert Houston, then David Walker
          Jane - married Delaware's 23rd Governor "John Collins"
          Catherine - married David Paynter
          Lydia - married Dr. Edward Huffington
          Martha - married James Tull

Facts about his life:

  • Admitted to the bar in 1773 in New Castle, De.
  • Military Service: Revolutionary War, Colonel, wounded in Germantown, NJ
  • Ran unsucessfully for Governor in 1798, being defeated by "Richard Bassett"
  • Elected as Delaware's 16th Governor by defeating future Governor "Nathaniel Mitchell" for office by 18 votes ( 2,393 - 2,374 ) and served from January 19, 1802 until January 15, 1805
  • Unsuccessful candidate for U.S. Representative in 1812 being defeated by "Henry Moore Ridgely"
  • Served as the Associate Justice of the Sussex County Common Pleas Court, 1813-1817

Date & Place of Death:
     September 18, 1817 - Lewes, Delaware - Age 65

Place of burial:
     Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Lewes, Delaware

Home(s):
     107 Kings Highway, Lewes, Delaware (currently a private residence)

"Click Here" for Governor Hall's "Find A Grave" record.


" Delaware Statewide Election Results "

( winner marked in bold  ~    *   =  incumbant )

Year
 Type Election 
Office
Name
Party
    Votes    
%
Opponent
Party
    Votes    
%
 1798 
General
Governor
 David Hall  
 Republican 
2,068
 44% 
 Richard Bassett 
Federalist
 2,490 
 52% 
 1801 
General
Governor
 David Hall 
 Republican 
3,475
 22% 
 Nathaniel Mitchell 
Federalist
 3,457 
 50% 
 1812 
General
 U.S. Representative 
 David Hall  
 Republican 
3,221
 22% 
 Henry M. Ridgely 
Federalist
 4,193 
 28% 

Thomas Cooper & Richard C. Dale got the rest of the votes from the 1812 election.




( January 15, 1805 - January 19, 1808 )

Continental Congressman from Delaware
( 1787 - 1788 )


Sussex County - Federalist - Age 52 - Lawyer - Episcopalian

Interesting Facts:

  • Was a POW during the Revolutionary War
  • Served at Valley Forge with General George Washington
  • He led the attack at the Battle of Monmouth, NJ
  • No known portrait exists of Nathaniel Mitchell
  • 11th Governor to be elected to office

Date & Place of Birth:
     1752, Near Laurel, Delaware

Parents:
     James & Margaret (Dagworthy) Mitchell

Married:
     Hannah Morris - ( ??-1835 ) - later married Col. Manaen Bull
     Their Children:
          William I.
          Theodore

          Alfred - moved to Trenton, New Jersey
          Dagworthy - never married and moved to Philadelphia, Pa.
          Elizabeth - ( ??-1833 )
          Mary Ann - married John King, moved to Washington, D.C.
          Elizabeth - married Whiting Sanford

Facts about his life:

  • During the Revolutionary War became an adjutant in General John Dagworthy’s (his uncle) battalion of militia, afterward was with Colonel Patterson’s battalion of the Delaware Flying Camp, and still later with Colonel Grayson’s Continental regiment; in April 1779 he was transferred to Colonel Gist’s regiment and subsequently was brigade major and inspector to Gen. Peter Muhlenberg.
  • Member of the Continental Congress from Delaware 1787-1788
  • One of the founders of Georgetown, De.
  • Prothonotary of Sussex County 1788-1805
  • Defeated in his bid to become Delaware's 16th Governor in 1801 by only 18 votes ( 2,393 to 2,374 ) losing to "Governor David Hall"
  • Elected as Delaware's 17th Governor ( 4491 to 4050 ) by defeating future Governor "Joseph Haslet". Served from January 15, 1805 until January 19, 1808
  • Served in the Delaware State House of Representatives in 1808
  • Served in the Delaware State senate 1810-1811

Date & Place of Death:
     February 21, 1815 - Laurel, Delaware - Age 61

Place of burial:
     Broad Creek Episcopal Graveyard, near Laurel, De.

Home(s):
     "Rosemont", 121 Delaware Ave, Laurel, De. (currently a private residence)

"Click Here" for Governor Mitchell's "Find A Grave" record.


" Delaware Statewide Election Results "

( winner marked in bold  ~    *   =  incumbant )

Year
 Type Election 
Office
Name
Party
    Votes    
%
Opponent
Party
    Votes    
%
 1801 
General
 Governor 
 Nathaniel Mitchell   
 Federalist 
3,457
 50% 
 David Hall 
 Republican 
 3,475 
 50% 
 1804 
General
 Governor 
 Nathaniel Mitchell 
 Federalist 
4,391
 50% 
 Joseph Haslet 
 Democratic-Republican 
 4,050 
 48% 




( January 19, 1808 - January 15, 1811 )


Kent County - Federalist - Age 51 - Farmer - Methodist

Interesting Facts:

  • Was a ratifier of the U.S. Constitution for Delaware in 1787
  • 1810 census released showing 72,674 Delaware residents
  • 12th Governor to be elected to office

Date & Place of Birth:
     1756 - Near Felton, De.

Parents:
     Unknown

Married:
     Margaret "Mary" Hodgson - ( 1757-1823 ) - "View Her Online Memorial"
     Their Children:
          M. Sarah - ( 1780-1803 ) - married Dr. James H. Fisher - "View Her Online Memorial"

Facts about his life:

  • Delaware State House of Representative, 1788-1791, 1793
  • Delaware State Senate, 1802-1807
  • Elected as Delaware's 18th Governor ( 3309 to 3062 ) by defeating future Governor "Joseph Haslet" and served from January 19, 1808 until January 15, 1811
  • Military Service: None

Date & Place of Death:
     October 8, 1818 - Near Felton, De. - Age 62

Interment:
     His home - in 1903 reinterred at Barrett's Chapel, Frederica, De. by the Delaware General Assembly

Home(s):
     State Route 33, outside of Felton, De. (currently a private residence)

"Click Here" for Governor Truitt's "Find A Grave" record.


" Delaware Statewide Election Results "

( winner marked in bold  ~    *   =  incumbant )

Year
 Type Election 
Office
Name
Party
    Votes    
%
Opponent
Party
    Votes    
%
 1807 
General
 Governor 
 George Truitt   
 Federalist 
3,309
 52% 
 Joseph Haslet 
 Democratic-Republican 
 3,062 
 48% 




( January 15, 1811 - January 18, 1814 )


Sussex County - Democrat-Republican - Age 44? - Farmer - Presbyterian

Interesting Facts:

  • 1st individual to serve a non-consecutive 2nd term. (19th and 25th Governor)
  • Only individual to run for Governor four (4) times
  • 13th Governor to be elected to office
  • Died during second term as 25th Governor

Date & Place of Birth:
     ca. 1766 - near Milford, De.

Parents:
     Col. John & Jemima Molleston (Brinkle) Haslet

Married (1st):
     Mary Draper
     Their Children:
          Nehemiah - ( 1792-1812 )

Married (2nd):
     Rachael Hickman
     Their Children:
          None

Facts about his life:

  • Ran unsucessfully for Governor in 1804, defeated by "Nathaniel Mitchell"
  • Ran unsucessfully for Governor in 1807, defeated by "George Truitt"
  • Elected Delaware's 19th Governor (1st Term) by defeating future Governor "Daniel Rodney" by 71 votes and served from January 15, 1811 to January 18, 1814
  • Later elected as Delaware's "25th Governor" (2nd Term)
  • Military Service: None

Date & Place of Death:
     June 20, 1823 - Cedar Creek Village, Near Milford, De. - Age 57

Place of burial:
     Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford, De.

Home(s):
     Cedar Creek Village, Near Milford, De.

"Click Here" for Governor Haslet's "Find A Grave" record.


" Delaware Statewide Election Results "

( winner marked in bold  ~    *   =  incumbant )

Year
 Type Election 
Office
Name
Party
    Votes    
%
Opponent
Party
    Votes    
%
 1804 
General
 Governor 
 Joseph Haslet   
 Democratic-Republican 
4,050
 48% 
 Nathaniel Mitchell 
 Federalist 
 4,391 
 52% 
 1807 
General
 Governor 
 Joseph Haslet   
 Democratic-Republican 
3,062
 48% 
 George Truitt 
 Federalist 
 3,309 
 52% 
 1810 
General
 Governor 
 Joseph Haslet 
 Democratic-Republican 
3,664
 50% 
 Daniel Rodney 
 Federalist 
 3,593 
 50% 
 1822 
General
 Governor 
 Joseph Haslet 
 Democratic-Republican 
3,784
 50% 
 James Booth 
 Federalist 
 3,762 
 50% 




( January 18, 1814 - January 21, 1817 )

United States Representative from Delaware
( October 1, 1822 - March 3, 1823 )
United States Senator from Delaware
( November 8, 1826 - January 12, 1827 )


Sussex County - Federalist - Age 48 - Sailor, Merchant - Episcopalian

Interesting Facts:

Date & Place of Birth:
     September 10, 1764 - Lewes, De.

Parents:
     John and Ruth Hunn Rodney

Married:
     Sarah Fisher
     Their Children:
          Hannah - ( 1794-1828 ) - married Dr. John White - "View Her Online Memorial"
          George Brydges - (1803-1883 ) - later became a "U.S. Congressman" from Delaware
          John
          William
          Henry Fisher
- ( 1800-1869 ) - "View Online Memorial"
          Nicholas
          Susan
          Mary

Facts about his life:

  • Associate Judge of the Court of Common Pleas 1793-1806
  • Defeated in his bid to become Delaware's 19th Governor in 1810 by "Joseph Haslet" by only 71 votes
  • Elected Delaware's 20th Governor ( 4643 to 3768 ) by defeating James Riddle and served from January 18, 1814 to January 21, 1817
  • Elected to the Seventeenth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of "Congressman Caesar A. Rodney" and served from October 1, 1822, to March 3, 1823
  • Appointed to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of "Senator Nicholas Van Dyke, Jr." and served from November 8, 1826, to January 12, 1827, when a successor was elected
  • Military Service: None

Date & Place of Death:
     September 2, 1846 - Lewes, De. - Age 81

Place of burial:
     St. Peters Cemetery, Lewes, De.

Home(s):
     231 Second Street, Lewes, De. - "View Homes Website"

"Click Here" for Governor Rodney's "Find A Grave" record.


      

" Gov. Rodney's Stone "
( 2003 - Photo by Russ Pickett )


" Delaware Statewide Election Results "

( winner marked in bold  ~    *   =  incumbant )

Year
 Type Election 
Office
Name
Party
    Votes    
%
Opponent
Party
    Votes    
%
 1810 
General
 Governor 
 Daniel Rodney   
 Federalist 
3,593
 50% 
 Joseph Haslet 
 Democratic-Republican 
 3,664 
 50% 
 1813 
General
 Governor 
 Daniel Rodney 
 Federalist 
4,643
 55% 
 James Riddle 
 Republican 
 3,768 
 45% 




( January 21, 1817 - January 15, 1820 )


New Castle County - Federalist - Age 55 - Farmer - Presbyterian

Interesting Facts:


          

    " Gov. Clark's Stone "
    ( 2003 - Photo by Russ Pickett )
  • 15th Governor to be elected to office
  • Grandfather of U.S. Senator "Anthony C. Higgins"

Date & Place of Birth:
     February 1, 1761 - Family farm "New Bristol", North of Smyrna, De.

Parents:
     Willliam & (_____) Clark

Married:
     Sarah Cook Corbit - in 1784 - ( 1769-1790 ) - a widow - Daughter of 'Gov. John Cook" - "View Her Online memorial"
     Their Children:
          Mary - ( ??-1814 )
          There were more (names unknown)

Facts about his life:

  • Sheriff of New Castle County ( 1 year )
  • Delaware State Treasurer - (1794-1799)
  • Elected to the Delaware State House, 1798
  • Elected Delaware's 21st Governor ( 4008 to 3517 ) by defeating Col. Manaen Bull and served from January 21, 1817 to January 15, 1820
  • Military Service: None

Date & Place of Death:
     August 14, 1821 - Smyrna, De. - Age 70

Place of burial:
     Holly Hill (Duck Creek Presbyterian), Smyrna, De.

Home(s):
     "Clearfield Farm", North of Smyrna, De.
     by Delaware Correction facility (Home used as Offices for Corrections)

"Click Here" for Governor Clark's "Find A Grave" record


" Delaware Statewide Election Results "

( winner marked in bold  ~    *   =  incumbant )

Year
 Type Election 
Office
Name
Party
    Votes    
%
Opponent
Party
    Votes    
%
 1816 
General
 Governor 
 John Clark 
 Federalist 
4,008
 53% 
 Manaen Bull 
 Democratic-Republican 
 3,517 
 47% 




Kent County - Federalist - Age 57 - Physician, Miller - Methodist

Interesting Facts:

  • Died before taking oath of Governor's Office.
  • 16th Governor to be elected to office.
  • He was a physician.
  • No known portrait of Henry Molleston exist.

Date & Place of Birth:
     January 1, 1762 - North of Milford, De.

Parents:
     Henry & Sarah Manlove Molleston

Married:
     Mary (Molly) Combe - in 1793
     Their Children:
          Elizabeth
          Jemima Ann
          Possibly a son

Facts about his life:

  • Member of the State Constitutional Convention in 1792
  • Served in the Delaware State House of Representative from 1799 to 1808
  • Delaware State Treasurer from 1808 to 1813
  • Served in the Delaware State House of Representative in 1813
  • Served in the Delaware State Senate from 1814 to 1819 - Speaker of the Senate from 1816 to 1818
  • Elected Delaware's Governor ( 3823 to 3185 ) on October 5, 1819 by defeating Col. Manaen Bull
  • Military Service: None

Date & Place of Death:
     November 11, 1819 - Near Dover, De.

Place of burial:
     Unknown

Home(s):
     Unknown - Believed in the Dover, De. area


" Delaware Statewide Election Results "

( winner marked in bold  ~    *   =  incumbant )

Year
 Type Election 
Office
Name
Party
    Votes    
%
Opponent
Party
    Votes    
%
 1819 
General
 Governor 
 Henry Molleston  
 Federalist 
3,823
 55% 
 Manaen Bull 
 Democratic-Republican 
 3,185 
 45% 




( January 18, 1820 - January 16, 1821 )
( " Assumed Term of Henry Molleston due to his passing " )


Kent County - Federalist - Age 52 - Farmer, Tanner - Presbyterian

Interesting Facts:


          

    " Angelica Killen Stout "
  • Was declared Governor by the General Assembly for one year when another election (for a two year term) would take place
  • 4th individual to assume the office of Governor.

Date & Place of Birth:
     1764 - Near Leipsic, De.

Parents:
     Jacob Emanuel & Mary (Griffin) Stout

Married:
     Angelica Killen in 1795 - ( 1755-1827 ) - "Online Memorial"
     Their Children:
          Mary - ( 1795-1877 ) - married John Reed - "Online Memorial"
          William Killen - ( 1798-1798 )
          Henry - ( 1801-1865 ) - "Online Memorial"
          Sarah Ann - ( 1803-?? ) - married Caleb Sipple - "Online Memorial"
          William Jacob - ( 1808-1832 )

Facts about his life:

  • Served in the Delaware House of Representatives, 1812-1813
  • Served in the Delaware State Senate, 1815-1819 (Speaker of the Senate, 1819)
  • Assumed Delaware's Governors Office due to being Speaker of the Senate and due to the death of "Henry Molleston" and served from January 18, 1820 to January 16, 1821
  • Lay Judge of the Common Pleas Court, 1822
  • President of the Smyrna Bank, 1844-1847
  • Military Service: None

Date & Place of Death:
     November, 1857 - Near Smyrna, De. - Age 90

Place of burial:
     Presbyterian Cemetery (now the Delaware State Museum), Dover, De.

Home(s):
     Unknown

"Click Here" for Governor Stout's "Find A Grave" record


      

" Gov. Stout's Grave Site "
( 2003 - Photo by Russ Pickett )





( January 16, 1821 - April 16, 1822 )


Sussex County - Democrat-Republican - Age 44 - Miller - Methodist ?

Interesting Facts:

  • 3rd Governor to Die in Office
  • 1st individual to become Governor without serving in a previous political office
  • Elected to a two year term due to the death of Henry Molleston and the one year service of Jacob Stout
  • 17th Governor to be elected to office
  • Son-In-Law of "Governor David Hall", 16th Governor
  • Brother-in-law of "Governor David Hazzard", Delaware's 29th Governor

Date & Place of Birth:
     March 1, 1776 - Nanticoke Hundred, De.?

Parents:
     Captain ?? & Mary (Houston) Collins

Married:
     Jane Hall - ( ??-1837 - Daughter of "Gov. David Hall" - later married Dr. John Carey )
     Their Children:
          Theophilus - ( 1807-1857 ) - married Mary Ann Elliott - "Online Memorial"
          John
          Joseph
          Sarah
- married a Pennival, later married Solomon Prettyman
          Catherine
          Martha
- married Curtis Ross

Facts about his life:

  • Elected Delaware's 23rd Governor ( 3970 to 3520 ) by defeating Jesse Green and served from January 16, 1821 until his death on April 16, 1822
  • Also served: Justice of the Peace (1803 - 1807)
  • Military Service: Major, Delaware Militia

Date & Place of Death:
     April 16, 1822 - Near Laurel, De. - Age 46

Place of burial:
     Old Family Estate, Collins Mill Pond, Near Laurel, De.

Home(s)
     Collins Mill Pond, Bridgeville/Georgetown border, Near Laurel, De.

"Click Here" for Governor Collins "Find A Grave" record.


" Delaware Statewide Election Results "

( winner marked in bold  ~    *   =  incumbant )

Year
 Type Election 
Office
Name
Party
    Votes    
%
Opponent
Party
    Votes    
%
 1820 
General
 Governor 
 John Collins 
 Republican 
3,970
 53% 
 Jesse Green 
 Federalist 
 3,520 
 47% 





( April 23, 1822 - January 21, 1823 )
( " Assumed Term of John Collins after his passing " )


Sussex County - Federalist - Age 54 - Merchant - Episcopalian

Interesting Facts:

Date & Place of Birth:
     April 29, 1767 - Lewes, De.

Parents:
     John & Ruth (Hunn) Rodney

Married:
     Elizabeth West - ( 1771-1812 ) - "View Her Online Memorial"
     Their Children:
          Hannah - ( 1807-1889 ) - married Laban L. Lyons - "View Her Online Memorial"
          Hester - married Dr. Henry Fisher Hall
          Penelope - married Caleb S. Layton - "View Her Online Memorial"
          Eliza - married a Landreth
          Daniel

Facts about his life:

  • Served in the Delaware General Assembly for 17 years - Speaker of Senate in 1822
  • Ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Congress in 1816 being defeated by "Louis McLane"
  • Assumed Delaware's Governors Office due to the death of "Gov. John Collins" and served from April 23, 1822 to January 21, 1823
  • Military Service: None

Date & Place of Death:
     April 29, 1840 - Lewes, De. - Age 73

Place of burial:
     St. Peters Cemetery, Lewes, De.

Home(s):
     324 Mulberry Street, Lewes, De.

"Click Here" for Governor Rodney's "Find A Grave" record




( January 21, 1823 - June 20, 1823 )


Sussex County - Democrat-Republican - Age 56? - Farmer - Presbyterian

Interesting Facts:

  • 4th Governor to Die in Office
  • 1st individual to serve a second non-consecutive term as Governor
  • Only individual elected twice in the 19th century
  • 18th Governor to be elected to office
  • Also served as 19th Governor, see above

Facts about his life:

  • Elected Delaware's 25th Governor by defeating James Booth, Sr. by 22 votes and served from January 21, 1823 until his death on June 20, 1823
  • See above for more


    " Delaware Statewide Election Results "

    ( winner marked in bold  ~    *   =  incumbant )

    Year
     Type Election 
    Office
    Name
    Party
        Votes    
    %
    Opponent
    Party
        Votes    
    %
     1804 
    General
     Governor 
     Joseph Haslet   
     Democratic-Republican 
    4,050
     48% 
     Nathaniel Mitchell 
     Federalist 
     4,391 
     52% 
     1807 
    General
     Governor 
     Joseph Haslet   
     Democratic-Republican 
    3,062
     48% 
     George Truitt 
     Federalist 
     3,309 
     52% 
     1810 
    General
     Governor 
     Joseph Haslet 
     Democratic-Republican 
    3,664
     50% 
     Daniel Rodney 
     Federalist 
     3,593 
     50% 
     1822 
    General
     Governor 
     Joseph Haslet 
     Democratic-Republican 
    3,784
     50% 
     James Booth 
     Federalist 
     3,762 
     50% 




( June 24, 1823 - January 20, 1824 )
( " Assumed Term of Gov. Joseph Haslet after his passing " )


New Castle County - Democrat - Age 33 - Lawyer - Presbyterian

Interesting Facts:

  • 1st "Democrat" to hold Governor's office
  • 2nd youngest individual to become Governor
  • 6th individual to assume the office of Governor.

Date & Place of Birth:
     June 23, 1790 - Red Lion Hundred, De.

Parents:
     Charles & Susanna (McCallmont) Thomas

Married:
     Eliza Stoops
     Their Children:
          Eliza - ( 1820-1898 )

Facts about his life:

  • Completed preparatory studies; studied law at Princeton
  • Admitted to the Delaware bar in 1813
  • Served in the Delaware House of Representatives in 1817
  • Served in the Delaware State Senate from 1821 to 1822, Speaker of the Senate in 1822
  • Assumed Delaware's Governors Office due to being Speaker of the Senate and the death of "Gov. Joseph Haslet" and served from June 24, 1823 to January 20, 1824
  • Military Service: None

Date & Place of Death:
     February 8, 1848 - New Castle, De. - Age 58

Place of burial:
     Old Presbyterian Church yard, New Castle, De.

Home(s):
     "Harmony House", corner of Harmony Street & the Strand, New Castle, De.
     (Currently, parish house of Immanual church)

"Click Here" for Governor Thomas' "Find A Grave" record.




( January 20, 1824 - January 16, 1827 )


Sussex County - Federalist - Age 55 - Merchant - Episcopalian

Interesting Facts:


        Portrait of Gov. Paynter   

     " Samuel Paynter " 
    ( Official State Portrait )
  • 19th Governor to be elected to office
  • Served in the State Legislature for 26 years

Date & Place of Birth:
     August 24, 1768 - Broadkill Hundred, Sussex County, De.

Parents:
     Samuel & Meritta (Hazzard) Paynter

Married:
     Elizabeth Rowland in 1796 - ( ??-1820 )
     Their Children:
          Mary - ( 1796-?? ) - married Dr. Simon Kollack Wilson
          Eliza - ( 1798-1857 ) - married John Wiltbank, Jr. -
             "View Her Online Memorial"

          Sally - ( 1804-1820 )
          Samuel Rowland - ( 1801-1851 ) -
             "View His Online Memorial"

          John Parker - ( 1807-1845 )
          Alfred Shockley - ( 1816-1822 )

Facts about his life:

  • Served as an Associate Justice of the Sussex County Common Pleas Court from 1818 to 1824
  • Elected to the Delaware State House and served from 1796 to 1822
  • Elected Delaware's 27th Governor by defeating future Governor "David Hazzard" by 300 votes and served from January 20, 1824 to January 16, 1827
  • Military Service: None

Date & Place of Death:
     October 2, 1845 - Near Lewes, De. - Age 77

Place of burial:
     St. Peter's Cemetery, Lewes, De.

Home(s):
     Near Lewes, De. (Not standing)

"Click Here" for Governor Paynter's "Find A Grave" record


      

" Gov. Paynter's Stone "
 ( Center Stone - 2003 - Photo by Russ Pickett ) 


      

" Gov. Paynter's Stone "
 ( 2003 - Photo by Russ Pickett ) 


" Delaware Statewide Election Results "

( winner marked in bold  ~    *   =  incumbant )

Year
 Type Election 
Office
Name
Party
    Votes    
%
Opponent
Party
    Votes    
%
 1823 
General
 Governor 
 Samuel Paynter 
 Federalist 
4,348
 52% 
 David Hazzard 
 Democratic-Republican 
 4,051 
 48% 




( January 16, 1827 - January 19, 1830 )


Kent County - Federalist - Age 38 - Farmer, Lawyer - Presbyterian

Interesting Facts:


       Portrait of Gov. Polk   

     " Charles Polk " 
    ( Official State Portrait )
  • 1st individual to serve the Delaware General Assembly from two different Counties (Kent & Sussex)
  • Later assumed the office as "Delaware's 31st Governor" due to Caleb Prew Bennett's passing.
  • 20th Governor to be elected to office

Date & Place of Birth:
     November 14, 1788 - Near Bridgeville, De.

Parents:
     Charles & Mary (_____) Polk

Married:
     Mary Elizabeth Purnell - ( 1796-1865 ) - "View Her Online Memorial"
     Their Children:
          Charles
          William
          Theodore

Facts about his life:

  • Attended Westtown Boarding School in Chester County, Pa. after his father's death in 1795
  • Studied Law with Kensey Johns, Sr., never practiced
  • Elected to the Delaware State House (in Sussex County) in 1813 and served through 1817
  • Elected to the Delaware State House (in Kent County) in 1817 and served through 1819
  • Elected to the Delaware State Senate in 1819
  • Elected Delaware's 28th Governor by defeating future Governor "David Hazzard" by 96 votes and served from January 16, 1827 to January 19, 1830
  • Elected to the Delaware State Senate and served from 1830 through 1836 (Speaker of the Senate in 1836)
  • Later served as Delaware's "31st Governor"
  • Military Service: None

Date & Place of Death:
     October 27, 1857 - Near Dover, De. - Age 69

Place of burial:
     Presbyterian Cemetery (currently the Delaware State Museum), Dover, De.

Home(s):
     Burned in 1929, northeast of Thompsonville, De.

"Click Here" for Governor Polk's "Find A Grave" record


      

" Gov. Polk's Stone "
( 2003 - Photo by Russ Pickett )


" Delaware Statewide Election Results "

( winner marked in bold  ~    *   =  incumbant )

Year
 Type Election 
Office
Name
Party
    Votes    
%
Opponent
Party
    Votes    
%
 1826 
General
 Governor 
 Charles Polk, Jr. 
 Federalist 
4,333
 51% 
 David Hazzard 
 Democratic-Republican 
 4,238 
 49% 




( January 19, 1830 - January 15, 1833 )


Sussex County - American-Republican - Age 48 - Merchant - Methodist

Interesting Facts:


       Portrait of Gov. Hazzard   

     " David Hazzard " 
    ( Official State Portrait )
  • 21st Governor to be elected to office
  • Brother-in-law of "Governor John Collins", Delaware's 23rd Governor

Date & Place of Birth:
     May 18, 1781 - Milton, De.

Parents:
     John & Mary (Houston) Hazzard

Married:
     Elizabeth Collins - ( ??-1854 ) - sister of "Governor John Collins"
     Their Children:
          Ann - married Dr. William Wells Wolfe
          Maria - married Erasmus Wolf of Philadelphia, Pa.
          John Alexander - Delaware State Senator
          William Asbury
          David
- ( ??-1872 ) - fought in Civil War

Facts about his life:

  • Served as a Justice of the Peace
  • During the War of 1812 was appointed an Ensign in Peter Wright's Company of the 8th Regiment and helped strengthen the defenses of Lewes, De.
  • Unsuccessfully ran for Governor in 1823 losing to "Governor Samuel Paynter"
  • Unsuccessfully ran for Governor in 1826 losing to "Governor Charles Polk"
  • Elected Delaware's 29th Governor by defeating Allen Thompson of Wilmington, De. by 169 votes and served from January 19, 1830 to January 15, 1833
  • During his term in office:
    • Elections were changed from annual to biannial
    • Elections were changed from October to November
    • The office of State Senator was changed from three year terms to four years
    • The office of State Representative was changed from one year terms to two years
    • The office of Governor could only be for one four (4) year term
  • Served in the Delaware State Senate - (1834-1838)
  • Appointed Associate Justice of the State Courts by "Governor William Cooper"
  • Retired to Milton, De. and was very active as a layman in the Methodist Church

Date & Place of Death:
     July 8, 1864 - Milton, De. - age 83

Place of burial:
     Goshen Cemetery, Milton, De.

Home(s):
     327 Union Street, Milton, De. (currently a private residence)

"Click Here" for Governor Hazzard's "Find A Grave" record.


" Delaware Statewide Election Results "

( winner marked in bold  ~    *   =  incumbant )

Year
 Type Election 
Office
Name
Party
    Votes    
%
Opponent
Party
    Votes    
%
 1823 
General
 Governor 
 David Hazzard   
 Democratic-Republican 
4,348
 52% 
 Samuel Paynter 
 Federalist 
 4,238 
 49% 
 1826 
General
 Governor 
 David Hazzard   
 Democratic-Republican 
4,238
 49% 
 Charles Polk, Jr. 
 Federalist 
 4,333 
 51% 
 1829 
General
 Governor 
 David Hazzard 
 National Republican 
4,215
 51% 
 Allen Thompson 
 Democratic 
 4,046 
 49% 




( January 15, 1833 - July 11, 1836 )


New Castle County - Democrat - Age 74 - Soldier, Landowner - Quaker

Interesting Facts:

  • 5th Governor to Die in Office


       Photo of Gov. Bennett   
    " Caleb P. Bennett "
    ( Official State Portrait )

  • 1st Governor to be elected to a four year term
  • Oldest Governor to be inaugurated
  • Was wounded 3 times during the Revolutionary War
  • 22nd Governor to be elected to office

Date & Place of Birth:
     November 11, 1758 - Chester County, Pa.

Parents:
     Joseph & Elizabeth Prew (Willey) Bennett

Married:
     Catherine Britton in 1792 - ( ??-1838 )
     Their Children:
          Samuel Britton - ( 1793-?? )
          Elizabeth - ( 1795-?? ) - married Charles Lisle
          Caroline - ( 1797-1822 ) - died in New Orleans, La.
          Mary Ann - ( 1799-1817 )
          Henry Lisle - ( 1801-?? )
          Livina - ( 1803-1804 )
          Joseph Eves - ( 1804-1805 )
          Susan - ( 1806-1808 )
          Charles Webb - ( 1807-?? )
          William Henry - ( 1809-1809 )
          Catharine - ( 1810-1811 )
          Edwin R. - ( 1811-?? )
          Boadicea - ( 1813-?? ) - married Rev. Isaac Paradee

Facts about his life:

  • Moved with his family to Wilmington, Delaware at the age of 3
  • Joined the Military in 1775 at the age of 17 and served in the Artillery. Served at Staten Island, Brandywine, Germantown, Valley Forge, Monmouth, Camden, S.C., Yorktown.
  • Joined the Military during the War of 1812 and was a Captain in the Artillery
  • Elected Delaware's 30th Governor by defeating furture "U.S. Senator Arnold Naudain" by 54 votes ( 4220 to 4166 ) and served from January 15, 1833 until his death on July 11, 1836

Date & Place of Death:
     July 11, 1836 - Wilmington, De. - Age 78

Place of burial:
     Friends Meeting Yard, 4th & West Streets, Wilmington, De. (Same plot as John Dickinson)

Home(s)
     Wilmington, De. (No Longer Standing)

"Click Here" for Governor Bennett's "Find A Grave" record.


" Delaware Statewide Election Results "

( winner marked in bold  ~    *   =  incumbant )

Year
 Type Election 
Office
Name
Party
    Votes    
%
Opponent
Party
    Votes    
%
 1832 
General
 Governor 
 Caleb P. Bennett 
 Democratic 
4,220
 50% 
 Arnold Naudain 
 National Republican 
 4,166 
 50% 




( July 11, 1836 - January 17, 1837 )
( " Assumed Term of Caleb Prew Bennett after his passing " )


Kent County - Federalist - Age 47 - Farmer, Lawyer - Presbyterian

Interesting Facts:


       Portrait of Gov. Polk   

     " Charles Polk " 
    ( Official State Portrait )
  • 1st individual to serve the Delaware General Assembly from two different Counties (Kent & Sussex)
  • Previously served as "Delaware's 28th Governor"
  • 7th individual to assume the office of Governor.

Date & Place of Birth:
     November 14, 1788 - Near Bridgeville, De.

Parents:
     Charles & Mary (_____) Polk

Married:
     Mary Elizabeth Purnell - ( 1796-1865 ) - "View Her Online Memorial"
     Their Children:
          Charles
          William
          Theodore

Facts about his life:

Date & Place of Death:
     October 27, 1857 - Near Dover, De. - Age 69

Place of burial:
     Presbyterian Cemetery (currently the Delaware State Museum), Dover, De.

Home(s):
     Burned in 1929, northeast of Thompsonville, De.

"Click Here" for Governor Polk's "Find A Grave" record


      

" Gov. Polk's Stone "
( 2003 - Photo by Russ Pickett )




( January 17, 1837 - January 19, 1841 )


Kent County - Whig - Age 57 - Farmer, Banker - Methodist

Interesting Facts:


       Portrait of Gov. Comegys   
    " Cornelius P. Comegys "
    ( Official State Portrait )

  • 1st individual to serve a full four year term
  • 23rd Governor to be elected to office
  • Father of "U.S. Senator Joseph Parsons Comegys"

Date & Place of Birth:
     January 15, 1780 - Kent County, Md.

Parents:
     Cornelius & Hannah (Parsons) Comegys

Married (1st):
     Ann Blackiston - in ca. 1800 - died during 1st year of marriage
     Their Children:
          Daughter, died young

Married (2nd):
     Ruhamah Marim - in 1804 - ( 1786-1848 ) - "View Her Online Memorial"
     Their Children:
          William
          Sarah (Sally)

          Sally Ann - ( 1805-1887 - married Henry M. Ridgely ) - "View Her Online Memorial"

          Joseph Parsons - became 'U.S. Senator Comegys" - "View His Online Memorial"
          Cornelius
          George - became a Dr. in Cincinnati, Ohio
          Benjamin Bartis - ( 1819-?? ) - became President of the National Bank in Philadelphia, Pa.
          Mary Elizabeth - married Dr. Benjamin F. Chatham
          Maria - ( ??-1893 ) - "View Her Online Memorial"
          John - became a Dentist in Dover, De.

Facts about his life:

  • Raised and schooled in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Moved to Delaware in ca. 1800
  • Elected to the Delaware State House of Representatives in 1810 and served through 1826 (Speaker of the House many years )
  • Joined the Delaware State Militia during the War of 1812 and attained the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel
  • Elected State Treasurer and served for 13 years
  • Elected Delaware's 32nd Governor by defeating Nehemiah Clark ( 4693 to 4276 ) and served from January 17, 1837 to January 19, 1841

Date & Place of Death:
     January 27, 1851 - Dover, De. - Age 71

Place of burial:
     Whatcoat Cemetery, North & Queen Streets, Dover, De.

Home(s):
     "Cherbourg", Near Little Creek, De. (No Longer Standing)

"Click Here" for Governor Comegys' "Find A Grave" record


" Delaware Statewide Election Results "

( winner marked in bold  ~    *   =  incumbant )

Year
 Type Election 
Office
Name
Party
    Votes    
%
Opponent
Party
    Votes    
%
 1836 
General
 Governor 
 Cornelius P. Comegys 
 Whig 
4,693
 52% 
 Nehemiah Clark 
 Democratic 
 4,276 
 48% 



   Signature of Gov. Comegys   
" Signature "


      

" Gov. Comegy's Stone "
( 2003 - Photo by Russ Pickett )




( January 19, 1841 - January 21, 1845 )


Sussex County - Whig - Age 69 - Farmer - Methodist

Interesting Facts:

  • 24th Governor to be elected to office
  • His son William later served in the Confederate Army and was a prisoner at Fort Delaware
  • Brother of "Congressman Thomas Cooper"

Date & Place of Birth:
     December 16, 1771 - Near Laurel, De.

Parents:
     Isaac & Comfort Townsend (Barkley) Cooper

Married (1st):
     Nancy Jones - in 1795 - ( ??-1805 )
     Their Children:
          William T. - School Teacher in Seaford, De. - served in the Confederate Army - Was a prisoner at Fort Delaware

Married (2nd):
     Nelly Warren - in 1816 - ( ??-1821 )
     Their Children:
          None

Married (3rd):
     Jane Townsend Palmer - in 1828 - ( ??-1862 )
     Their Children:
          None

Facts about his life:

  • Sheriff of Sussex County in 1800
  • Elected to the Delaware State House, 1815-1816
  • Appointed as an Associate Justice in 1817
  • Elected as Delaware's 33rd Governor by defeating Warren Jefferson ( 5850 to 5024 ) and served from January 19, 1841 to January 21, 1845
  • Military Service: None

Date & Place of Death:
     April 29, 1849 - Laurel, De. - Age 77

Place of burial:
     Old Methodist Cemetery, Laurel, De.

Home(s):
     4th & King Streets, Laurel, De. (currently a private residence)

"Click Here" for Governor Cooper's "Find A Grave" record.


" Delaware Statewide Election Results "

( winner marked in bold  ~    *   =  incumbant )

Year
 Type Election 
Office
Name
Party
    Votes    
%
Opponent
Party
    Votes    
%
 1840 
General
 Governor 
 William B. Cooper 
 Whig 
5,850
 54% 
 Warren Jefferson 
 Democratic 
 5,024 
 46% 




( January 21, 1845 - March 2, 1846 )


New Castle County - Whig - Age 63 - Soldier - Episcopalian

Interesting Facts:


       Portrait of Gov. Stockton   
    " Thomas Stockton "
    ( Official State Portrait )

  • 6th Governor to Die in Office
  • 25th Governor to be elected to office
  • Served as a Major during the War of 1812

Date & Place of Birth:
     April 1, 1781 - New Castle, De.

Parents:
     John & Ann (Griffin) Stockton

Married:
     Fidelia Johns - ( ??-1871 )
     Their Children:
          Thomas, Jr. - West Point Graduate of 1827
          Ann Elizabeth - (ca. 1812 - 1865 ) - married Dr. Richard Dudley Moore of Athens, GA.
          Nancy - ( 1819-1901 )
          Fidelia - ( 1821-1904 )
          William
          James Black Stockton - Served in the Civil War, Chief Clerk Army Police

Facts about his life:

  • Graduated from Princeton College
  • Elected as New Castle County Prothonotary in 1810
  • Served as a Captain and later as a Major in the War of 1812
  • Elected as New Castle County Register in Chancery serving from 1832 to 1835
  • Elected Delaware's 34th Governor by defeating future Governor "William Tharp" by 146 votes and served from January 21, 1845 until his death on March 2, 1846
  • Defeated future Governor "William Tharp" for office
  • Military Service: Major, War of 1812

Date & Place of Death:
     March 2, 1846 - New Castle, De. - Age 64

Place of burial:
     Immanuel Cemetery, New Castle, De.

Home(s):
     "Kensey Johns-Van Dyke House", 300 Delaware Street, New Castle, Delaware
     (Also the home of Senator Nicholas Van Dyke, Jr. - currently a private residence)

"Click Here" for Governor Stockton's "Find A Grave" record.


" Delaware Statewide Election Results "

( winner marked in bold  ~    *   =  incumbant )

Year
 Type Election 
Office
Name
Party
    Votes    
%
Opponent
Party
    Votes    
%
 1844 
General
 Governor 
 Thomas Stockton 
 Whig 
6,140
 50% 
 William Tharp 
 Democratic 
 6,095 
 50% 



   Gov. Stockton's Stone   
"Gov. Stockton's Stone "

   Gov. Stockton's Stone   
"Gov. Stockton's Stone "
   Gov. Stockton's Home   
"Gov. Stockton's Home "
( 2004 - Photo by Russ Pickett )




( March 2, 1846 - May 3, 1846 )
( " Assumed Term of Thomas Stockton after his passing " )


Sussex County - Whig - Age 64 - Physican - Episcopalian

Interesting Facts:

  • 7th Governor to Die in Office
  • Served in the Delaware State Senate for 30 years
  • 8th individual to assume the office of Governor.

Date & Place of Birth:
     September 6, 1781 - Pilottown, De.

Parents:
     John & Mary (Marsh) Maull

Married (1st):
     Penelope Shields - in 1802 - ( ??-1813 )
     Their Children:
          Susan - ( 1809-?? )
          George - Became a Doctor

Married (2nd):
     Sarah Davis Watson - in 1820 - "View Her Online Memorial"
     Their Children:
          None

Facts about his life:

  • Elected to the Delaware State Senate and served from 1816 to 1846 (Speaker of the Senate in 1844 - 1846)
  • Became Delaware's 35th Governor by being the Speaker of the Senate and assuming the office after the death of "Governor Thomas Stockton" and served from March 2, 1846 until his death on May 3, 1846
  • Military Service: Served in Delaware Militia, War of 1812

Date & Place of Death:
     May 3, 1846 - Near Lewes, De. - Age 64

Place of burial:
     St. Peter's Cemetery, Lewes, De.

Home(s):
     Unknown

"Click Here" for Governor Maull's "Find A Grave" record.


      

" Gov. Maull's Stone "
( 2003 - Photo by Russ Pickett )


      

" Gov. Maull's Stone "
( 2003 - Photo by Russ Pickett )





( May 6, 1846 - January 19, 1847 )
( " Assumed Term of Governor Joseph Maull upon his passing " )

United States Representative from Delaware
( March 4, 1863 - May 28, 1863 )


Kent County - Whig - Age 31 - Merchant - Episcopalian

Interesting Facts:


       Portrait of Gov. Temple   

     " William Temple " 
    ( Official State Portrait )
  • Youngest Individual to serve as Governor
  • 9th individual to assume the office of Governor.
  • Died while serving as a U.S. Representative

Date & Place of Birth:
     February 28, 1814 - Queen Anne's County, Md.

Parents:
     George & _____ Temple

Married:
     Sarah Ann Ringgold in 1838 - ( 1818-1851 ) - "View Her Online Memorial"
     Their Children:
          Sarah Louisa - ( 1841-1841 ) - "View Her Online Memorial"
          Emma Frances - ( 1842-1843 ) - "View Her Online Memorial"
          R.L. - a son, moved to Philadelphia and became a Lawyer

Facts about his life:

  • Completed preparatory studies
  • Moved to Smyrna, De., and engaged in mercantile pursuits
  • Served in the Delaware State House of Representatives in 1844 and served as speaker
  • Served in the Delaware State Senate 1845-1846 (Became Speaker of the Senate after "Joseph Maull" became Governor)
  • Became Delaware's 36th Governor by being the Speaker of the Senate and assuming the office after the death of "Governor Joseph Maull" and served from May 6, 1846 to January 19, 1847
  • Served in the Delaware State Senate 1847-1854
  • elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-eighth Congress and served from March 4, 1863, until his death before the convening of the Congress
  • Military Service: None

Date & Place of Death:
     May 28, 1863 - Smyrna, De. - Age 49

Place of burial:
     St. Peter's Cemetery, Smyrna, De.

Home(s):
     Northeast Corner of Main & Vermont Streets, Smyrna, De. (currently a private residence)

"Click Here" for Governor Temple's "Find A Grave" record.


      

" Gov. Temple's Home "
( 2003 - Photo by Russ Pickett )
      
" Gov. Temple's Stone "
( 2003 - Photo by Russ Pickett )





( January 19, 1847 - January 21, 1851 )


Kent County - Democrat - Age 43 - Farmer - Episcopalian

Interesting Facts:

Date & Place of Birth:
     November 27, 1803 - Near Farmington, De.

Parents:
     James & Eunice (Fleming) Tharp

Married:
     Mary A. Johnson - ( 1803-1867 ) - "View Her Online Memorial"
     Their Children:
          Ruth - ( 1828-1907 ) - married Bethuel Watson, later married
          Manlove Carlisle - Mother of "Gov. William Tharp Watson" -
          "View Her Online Memorial"

          Mary Elizabeth - ( 1833-1914 ) - married George Tomlin
          Martina - ( 1836-1898 ) - married Robert J. Hill -
          "View Her Online Memorial"

          Williamina - ( 1838-1922 ) - married Cornelius Hall
          Ann Purnell - ( 1851-1909 ) - married Alonzo Reynolds

Facts about his life:

  • Elected to the Delaware State Senate and served from 1838 to 1842
  • Defeated in his bid to become Delaware's 34th Governor in 1844 by "Thomas Stockton"
  • Elected as Delaware's 37th Governor by 136 votes and served from January 19, 1847 to January 21, 1851
  • Military Service: None

Date & Place of Death:
     January 9, 1865 - Milford, De. - Age 61

Place of burial:
     Christ Church Cemetery, Milford, De.

Home(s):
     Northeast Corner, Church & Front Streets, Milford, De., (currently a private residence)

"Click Here" for Governor Tharp's "Find A Grave" record


" Delaware Statewide Election Results "

( winner marked in bold  ~    *   =  incumbant )

Year
 Type Election 
Office
Name
Party
    Votes    
%
Opponent
Party
    Votes    
%
 1844 
General
 Governor 
 William Tharp 
 Democratic 
6,095
 50% 
 Thomas Stockton 
 Whig 
 6,140 
 50% 
 1846 
General
 Governor 
 William Tharp 
 Democratic 
6,148
 51% 
 Peter F. Causey 
 Whig 
 6,012 
 49% 



      

" Gov. Tharp's Stone "
( 2003 - Photo by Russ Pickett )
      
" Gov. Tharp's Stone "
( 2003 - Photo by Russ Pickett )




      

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