Military service, if any shown is the highest rank obtained

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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.


( January 21,1851 - January 16, 1855 )        


Sussex County - Democrat - Age 36 - Farmer - Methodist

Interesting Facts:


       Portrait of Gov. Ross   
     " William Henry Harrison Ross " 
    ( Official State Portrait )

  • Youngest Individual ever elected to office (Age 36)
  • His brother James was murdered in Monticello, Ga. in 1833
  • Was a "Southern Sympathizer" who aided the Confederate army and fled to England during the height of the Civil War.
  • 27th Governor to be elected to office
  • Years of Elected Service to Delaware: " 4 "

Date & Place of Birth:
     June 2, 1814 - Laurel, De.

Parents:
     Caleb & Letitia (Lofland) Ross

Married:
     Emeline Hall - in 1840 - ( ??-1909 )
     Children:
          Letitia Lofland - married Victor Green
          Caleb - ( 1841-1861 )
          George Hall - ( 1844-1861 )
          James Jefferson - ( 1846-1934 )
          William Madison - ( 1848-1910 )
          Edward C.
          Sarah A. - married Dr. Skillern, moved to Philadelphia, Pa.
          Mary G. - married Montgomery Fisher of Seaford, De.
          Laura F. - ( ??-1916 ) - married John Gray
          John Wood

Facts about his life:

  • Educated at Laurel Delaware Academy and Claremount Academy in Pa.
  • Also served: No other Political Office
  • Elected as Delaware's 38th Governor by defeating Thomas Lockwood by 23 votes and served from January 21,1851 to January 16, 1855
  • Military Service: Head of a local Cavalry Company in 1849

Date & Place of Death:
     June 30, 1877 - Philadelphia, Pa. - Age 73

Place of burial:
     St. Luke's Cemetery, Seaford, De.

Home(s):
     Ross Mansion, West Seaford, De.

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


   Gov. Ross' Home   
" Gov. Ross' Home "


( January 16, 1855 - January 18, 1859 )


Sussex County - American - Age 53 - Merchant - Methodist

Interesting Facts:


       Portrait of Gov. Causey   
    " Peter Foster Causey "

  • 28th Governor to be elected to office
  • Years of Elected Service to Delaware: " 9 "

Date & Place of Birth:
     January 11, 1801 - Near Bridgeville, De.

Parents:
     Peter T. & Tamzey (_____) Causey

Married:
     Maria Williams - ( 1804-1889 )
     Children:
          William F.
          Maria E.
          Sally Maria - ( 1844-1846 )
          Peter Foster, Jr. - ( 1847-1851 )
          John W. - ( 1850-1851 )
          Robert H.

Facts about his life:

Date & Place of Death:
     February 17, 1871 - Milford, De. - Age 70

Place of burial:
     Old Methodist Episcopal Cemetery, Milford, De.

Home(s):
     "Causey Mansion", Milford, De.
     (Previously the home of the 13th Governor "Daniel Rogers")

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


   Signature of Gov. Causey   
" Signature "


   Gov. Causey's Home   
" Gov. Causey's Home "
( Causey Mansion - 2003 - Photo by Russ Pickett )


( January 18, 1859 - January 20, 1863 )


Sussex County - Democrat - Age 69 - Physician - Episcopalian

Interesting Facts:


       Portrait of Gov. Burton   
    " William Burton "

  • 29th Governor to be elected to office
  • Years of Elected Service to Delaware: " 5 "

Date & Place of Birth:
     October 16, 1789 - Sussex County, De.

Parents:
     Unknown

Married (1st):
     Eliza Sorden - ( 1773-1829 ) - widow of a Wolcott -
"View Her Online Memorial"
     Children:
          Rhoda - ( 1841-1917 ) - married Alfred Wootten, later married a Rouderbush -
          "View Her Online Memorial"

Married (2nd):
     Ann C. Hill - ( 1812-1885 ) - "View Her Online Memorial"
     Their Children:
          None

Facts about his life:

  • Studied to be a Doctor with Dr. Joseph Sudler
  • Practiced as a Physician with his nephew Dr. Robert H. Clark in Milford, Delaware
  • Brigadier General of the Sussex Militia in 1827
  • Elected Kent County Sheriff in 1830
  • Defeated in his bid to become the 39th Governor of Delaware by "Peter Causey" in 1854
  • Elected as Delaware's 40th Governor in 1858 by defeating James S. Buckmaster by 204 votes and served from January 18, 1859 to January 20, 1863

Date & Place of Death:
     August 5, 1866 - Milford, De. - Age 76

Place of burial:
     Christ's Episcopal Church, Milford, De.

Home(s):
     "Parson Thorne Mansion" (while Governor), Milford, De.
     (Currently a Museum)

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


   Signature of Gov. Burton   
" Signature "


      

" Parson Thorne Mansion "
Home of Gov. Burton


      

" Gov. Burton's Stone "
 ( Milford, De. - 2003 - Photo by Russ Pickett ) 


( January 20, 1863 - March 1, 1865 )


Sussex County - Republican - Age 53 - Farmer, Merchant - Methodist

Interesting Facts:


       Portrait of Gov. Cannon   
    " William Cannon "

  • 30th Governor to be elected to office
  • Eighth Governer to die in Office
  • Years of Elected Service to Delaware: " 10 "

Date & Place of Birth:
     March 15, 1809 - Near Bridgeville, De.

Parents:
     Josiah & Nancy (Bowlin) Cannon

Married:
     Margaret Ann Barker
     Children:
          William Laws - died in the Civil War, Captain
          Lizzie A. - married Laurence Cahill
          Sallie P.
          Ellie S.
          Henry Pervis - ( 1847 - 1929 )
          Philip Laws - future 1st
"Lt. Governor of Delaware"

Facts about his life:

  • Elected to the Delaware State House and served from 1844 to 1848
  • Elected as the Delaware State Treasurer and served from 1849 to 1851
  • Elected as Delaware's 41st Governor in 1862 by defeating Samuel Jefferson by 111 votes and served from January 20, 1863 until his death on March 1, 1865
  • Military Service: None

Date & Place of Death:
     March 1, 1865 - Bridgeville, De. - (became ill helping put out a fire) - Age 55

Place of burial:
     Bridgeville Methodist Cemetery, Bridgeville, De.

Home(s):
     North Main Street, Bridgeville, De. (No Longer Standing)

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


( March 1, 1865 - January 15, 1867 )
( " Assumed William Cannon's Term after his passing " )
( Elected to Serve: January 15, 1867 to January 17, 1871 )


Kent County - Democrat - Age 49 - Physician - Methodist

Interesting Facts:

Date & Place of Birth:
     May 29, 1815 - Sussex County, De.

Parents:
     William & Margaret Ann (Smith) Saulsbury

Married:
     Rosina Jane Smith - ( 1828-1875 ) - Dau. of Isaac P. & Margaret Smith -
     "View Her Online Memorial"

     Children:
          Margaret - ( 1849-1852 ) - "View Her Online Memorial"
          Olivia Smith - ( 1851-1855 ) - "View Her Online Memorial"
          Rosa - ( 1853-1876 ) - "View Her Online Memorial"
          Gove, Jr. - ( 1857-1861 ) - "View His Online Memorial"
          William - ( ??-1944 )

Facts about his life:

  • Studied at Delaware College (U of D) in Newark, De., graduated from University of Pennsylvania Medical School in 1842
  • Moved to Greensboro, Md. and taught school in Hazlettville, De.
  • Moved to Dover, De. and set up a medical practice on State Street
  • President of the Delaware Medical Society 1861
  • Elected to the Delaware State Senate in 1862 and served until becoming Governor in 1865, Speaker of the Senate, 1864 & 1865
  • Became Delaware's 42nd Governor by being the Speaker of the State Senate and due to the death of "Governor William Cannon" on March 1, 1865 and served to January 15, 1867
  • Elected as Delaware's 43rd Governor in 1866 by defeating James Riddle by 1,212 votes ( 9,810 to 8,598 ) and served from January 15, 1867 to January 17, 1871
  • One of the founders of Wesley College in Dover, 1873
  • Military Service: None

Date & Place of Death:
     July 31, 1881 - Dover, De. - Age 66

Place of burial:
     Whatcoat Methodist Cemetery, Dover, De.
     ( A monument in his honor was also place in the "Saulsbury Family Plot" in Burrsville, Delaware. )

Home(s):
     Northwest Corner of The Green, Dover, De.

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


   Signature of Gov. Saulsbury   
" Signature "


      

"Gov. Saulsbury's Home"
( 2002 - Photo by Russ Pickett )
      
"Gov. Saulsbury's Stone"
( 2003 - Photo by Russ Pickett )


( January 17, 1871 - January 19, 1875 )


Sussex County - Democrat - Age 51 - Merchant - Episcopalian

Interesting Facts:

Date & Place of Birth:
     October 31, 1819 - Near Milton, De.

Parents:
     John & Hester (Milby) Ponder

Married:
     Sallie Waples - in 1851 - ( ??-1907 )
     Children:
          Ida - ( 1852-1934 )
          John
          James Waples - ( 1868-1942 )
          Anna

Facts about his life:

  • Elected to the Delaware State House for one term in 1856
  • Elected to the Delaware State Senate, served from 1864 to 1870 (Speaker of the Senate - 1866-1870)
  • Elected as Delaware's 44th Governor by defeating Thomas Boone Coursey ( 11,646 to 9,130 ) and served from January 17, 1871 to January 19, 1875
  • Military Service: None

Date & Place of Death:
     November 5, 1897 - Milton, De. - Age 78

Place of burial:
     Goshen Cemetery, Milton, De.

Home(s):
     414-416 Federal Street, Milton, De. (Currently a Funeral Home)

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


   Signature of Gov. Ponder   
" Signature "


( January 19, 1875 - January 21, 1879 )


New Castle County - Democrat - Age 65 - Farmer - Presbyterian

Interesting Facts:


       Portrait of Gov. Cochran   
    " John Price Cochran "
    ( Official State Portrait )

  • 33rd Governor to be elected to office
  • Years of Elected Service to Delaware: " 4 "

Date & Place of Birth:
     February 7, 1809 - Near Middletown, De.

Parents:
     Robert & Rebecca (Ryland) Cochran

Married (1st):
     Eliza Polk - on March 26, 1833 - ( 1812-1855 ) -
"View Her Online Memorial"
     Children:
          William R. - ( 1834-1908 ) - "View His Online Memorial"
          Clara Rebecca - ( 1836-1907 ) - She married T. R. Gilpin
          Charles Polk - ( 1839-1919 ) - "View His Online Memorial" - He married Corrine B. Hardcastle
          John Price, Jr. - ( 1841-1876 ) - "View His Online Memorial" - He married Ella Pennington
          Eliza - ( 1843-?? ) - She married William Green
          Julian - ( 1848-1915 ) - "View Online Memorial" - He married Elizabeth M.
          Cyrus - ( 1852-1853 ) - "View Online Memorial"
          Unnamed Infant - died with mother at birth - 1855 - "View Online Memorial"

Married (2nd):
     Mary Tumlin - ( 1830-1912 )
     Children:
          None Known

Facts about his life:

  • Elected to the New Castle County Levy Court in 1838
  • Elected to the New Castle County Levy Court in 1846
  • Also served: New Castle County Levy Court
  • Elected as Delaware's 45th Governor by defeating Isaac Jump by 1,239 votes and served from January 19, 1875 to January 21, 1879
  • Military Service: None

Date & Place of Death:
     December 27, 1898 - Near Middtletown, De. - Age 89

Place of burial:
     Forest Presbyterian Cemetery, Middletown, De.

Home(s):
     "Cochran Grange", one mile west of Middletown, De. (Private Residence)

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


( January 21, 1879 - January 16, 1883 )


Kent County - Democrat - Age 62 - Merchant - Methodist


    Portrait of Gov. Hall   
" John Wood Hall "
( Official State Portrait )

Interesting Facts:

Date & Place of Birth:
     January 1, 1817 - Frederica, De.

Parents:
     John & Henrietta (Bowman) Hall

Married:
     Caroline Warren in 1842 - ( 1825-1887 ) - "View Her Online Memorial"
     Children:
          John Wood, Jr. - ( 1846-1907 ) - "View His Online Memorial"
          Samuel Warren - ( 1843-1914 ) - "View His Online Memorial"
          Sarah Henrietta - ( ??-1936 ) - married Charles Lister of Philadephia, Pa.
          Caroline - ( 1851-1853 ) - "View Her Online Memorial"

Facts about his life:

  • Director of Farmers Bank, 1861-1883
  • Served in the Delaware State Senate, 1866-1869
  • Elected as Delaware's 46th Governor by defeating Kensey J. Steward with 79.2% of the vote and served from January 21, 1879 to January 16, 1883
  • Served in the Delaware State Senate, 1890-1892
  • Military Service: None

Date & Place of Death:
     January 23, 1892 - Frederica, De. - Age 75 - Heart Failure

Place of burial:
     Barratt's Chapel, Frederica, De.

Home(s):
     8 David Street, Frederica, De. - (Currently a Nursing Home)

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


   Signature of Gov. Hall   
" Signature "


      

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


      

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


( January 16, 1883 - January 18, 1887 )


Sussex County - Democrat - Age 63 - Farmer - Methodist

Interesting Facts:


       Portrait of Gov. Stockley   
    " Charles Clark Stockley "
    ( Official State Portrait )

  • 35th Governor to be elected to office
  • Years of Elected Service to Delaware: " 8 "

Date & Place of Birth:
     November 6, 1819 - Near Georgetown, De.

Parents:
     Jehu & Hannah Rodney (Kollock) Stockley

Married:
     Ellen Anderson
     Children:
          Hannah

Facts about his life:

  • Served as Sussex County Treasurer
  • Elected as Sussex County Sheriff in 1856
  • Elected to the Delaware State Senate in 1872, Speaker of the Senate in 1875
  • Elected as Delaware's 47th Governor by defeating Albert Curry by 1,938 votes and served from January 16, 1883 to January 18, 1887
  • Military Service: None

Date & Place of Death:
     April 20, 1901 - Georgetown, De. - Age 81

Place of burial:
     St. Paul's Cemetery, Georgetown, De.

Home(s):
     Route 318, outside of Georgetown, De. (Still Standing)

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


   Signature of Gov. Stockley   
" Signature "


( January 18, 1887 - January 20, 1891 )

United States Representative from Delaware
( March 4, 1869 to March 3, 1873 )


New Castle County - Democrat - Age 65 - Farmer - Methodist

Interesting Facts:


          

     " Benjamin T. Biggs " 
    ( Official State Portrait )
  • 36th Governor to be elected to office
  • Years of Elected Service to Delaware: " 8 "

Date & Place of Birth:
     October 1, 1821 - Cecil County, Md.

Parents:
     John & Diana Bell Biggs

Married:
     Mary Beekman
     Children:
          John - Served as Delaware's
"Attorney General" from 1887-1892
          Elizabeth
          Benjamin T., Jr.
          Jennie
          Willard

Facts about his life:

  • Attended the public schools and Pennington Seminary in New Jersey
  • Taught school for a short time and later attended the Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn.
  • Engaged in agricultural pursuits
  • Member of the Delaware State Constitutional Convention in 1853
  • Became interested in railroad operations and was a director of the Kent & Queen Annes Railroad
  • Unsuccessful Democratic candidate for election in 1860 to the Thirty-seventh Congress being defeated by "George P. Fisher".
  • Elected as a Democrat to the Forty-first and Forty-second Congresses (March 4, 1869-March 3, 1873); was not a candidate for renomination in 1872
  • Delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1872
  • Elected as Delaware's 48th Governor in 1886 by defeating James R. Hoffecker with 64% of the vote and served from January 18, 1887 to January 20, 1891
  • Military Service: Major, Mexican War

Date & Place of Death:
     December 25, 1893 - Middletown, De. - Age 72

Place of burial:
     Bethel Cemetery, near Chesapeake City, Md.

Home(s):
     201 North Cass Street, Middletown, De. (Private Residence)

"Click Here" for Benjamin Biggs' "Find A Grave" record.


   Home of Gov. Biggs   
" Gov. Bigg's Home "
( 2007 photo )


( January 20, 1891 - January 15, 1895 )  


Kent County - Democrat - Age 52 - Farmer - Methodist

Interesting Facts:


       Portrait of Gov. Reynolds   

     " Robert John Reynolds " 
    ( Official State Portrait )
  • 37th Governor to be elected to office
  • Years of Elected Service to Delaware: " 11 "

Date & Place of Birth:
     March 17, 1838 - Smyrna, De.

Parents:
     Robert Wright & Sallie Gilder (Marvel) Reynolds

Married (1st):
     Louvenia Riggs
     Their Children:
          Byron

Married (2nd):
     Hester Thomas
     Their Children:
          None

Facts about his life:

Date & Place of Death:
     June 10, 1909 - Near Petersburg, De. - Age 71

Place of burial:
     Loudon Park Cemetery, Baltimore, Md.

Home(s):
     "Golden Ridge", Near Petersburg, De. (Not Standing)

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


( January 15, 1895 - April 8, 1895 )


Sussex County - Republican - Age 69 - Farmer, Merchant - Methodist

Interesting Facts:


       Portrait of Gov. Marvil   

     " Joshua Hopkins Marvil " 
    ( Official State Portrait )
  • Ninth & Last Governor to die in Office
  • 38th Governor to be elected to office
  • Years of Elected Service to Delaware: " 3 Months "

Date & Place of Birth:
     September 3, 1825 - Near Laurel, De.

Parents:
     Joseph & Sally Ann (Hopkins) Marvil

Married:
     Sarah Ann Sirman
     Their Children:
          Joseph
          Vandreths
          Joshua

Facts about his life:

Date & Place of Death:
     April 8, 1895 - Laurel, De. - Age 69

Place of burial:
     Laurel Hill Cemetery, Laurel, De.

Home(s):
     West Main Street, Laurel, De. (Moved to 606 West Street - currently a private residence)

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


( April 8, 1895 - January 19, 1897 )
( " Assumed Term of Gov. Joshua Hopkins Marvil after his passing " )


Kent County - Democrat - Age 45 - Banker - Episcopalian

Interesting Facts:

Date & Place of Birth:
     June 22, 1849 - Milford, De.

Parents:
     Bethuel & Ruth (Tharp) Watson

Married:
     Harriet Beale
     Their Children:
          William, Jr.

Facts about his life:

  • Elected to the Delaware State Senate in 1892, Speaker of the Senate in 1895
  • Became Delaware's 51st Governor by being the Speaker of the State Senate and due to the death of "Governor Joshua Marvil" on April 8, 1895 and served to January 19, 1897
  • Military Service: None

Date & Place of Death:
     April 14, 1917 - Milford, De. - Age 67

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

Home(s):
     600 North Walnut Street, Milford, De. (Private Residence)

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


( January 19, 1897 - January 15, 1901 )  


Sussex County - Democrat - Age 52 - Merchant - Presbyterian

Interesting Facts:

Date & Place of Birth:
     December 31, 1844 - Clarksville, De.

Parents:
     Nathaniel & Maria (Walters) Tunnell

Married:
     Never Married
     Children:
          None

Facts about his life:

  • Elected to the Delaware State House in 1870
  • Elected as Delaware's 52nd Governor by defeating John Clark Higgins (Grandson of "Governor John Clark") & "Congressman James H. Hoffecker" and served from January 19, 1897 to January 15, 1901
  • A change in the State Constitution during his administration provided for the election of a Lieutenant Governor starting with the next Governor
  • Military Service: None

Date & Place of Death:
     December 18, 1917 - Lewes, De. - Age 72

Place of burial:
     Lewes Presbyterian Cemetery, Lewes, De.

Home(s):
     232-234 2nd Street, Lewes, De. (currently a private residence)

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


      

" Governor Tunnell's Home "
( 2003 - Photo by Russ Pickett )


      

" Governor Tunnell's Stone "
( 2003 - Photo by Russ Pickett )




      

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Last update: 2/15/2008