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( January 15,1901 - January 17, 1905 )


Kent County - Republican - Age 51 - Merchant - Quaker

Interesting Facts:


       Portrait of Gov. Hunn   

     " John Hunn " 
    ( Official State Portrait )
  • His parents were very active in the "Delaware Underground Railroad", his father was arrested and fined for his activities which left them penniless
  • 1st Governor to have a Lieutenant Governor based on changes to the State Constitution in 1897
  • He was the first Governor of Delaware to be eligible to serve for two terms.
  • 40th Governor to be elected to office
  • Years of Elected Service to Delaware: " 4 "

Date & Place of Birth:
     June 29, 1849 - Near Odessa, Delaware

Parents:
     John & Mary Jenkins (Swallow) Hunn

Married:
     Sarah Cowgill Emerson ~ in 1874 ~ ( 1850-1912 ) ~ " View her online memorial "
     Children:
          Alice - ( 1881-1969 ) - married Thomas Ross Brown ~ " View her online memorial "

Facts about his life:

  • Moved with his family from Middletown, DE to Magnolia, DE
  • Moved with his family to Port Royal, South Carolina
  • Moved to Wyoming, Delaware in 1876
  • Merchandized fruit, lumber, and lime in Wyoming, DE
  • Elected as Delaware's 53rd Governor in 1900 by defeating Peter J. Ford and served from January 15,1901 to January 17, 1905
  • "Philip L. Cannon", son of "Gov. William Cannon" was elected as Delaware's 1st Lt. Governor
  • Returned to private business in Wyoming, Delaware after deciding not to run for office again.
  • Also served: No other Political Office.
  • Military Service: None

Date & Place of Death:
     September 1, 1926 - Camden, Delaware - Age 77

Place of burial:
     Quaker Meeting Yard, Camden, Delaware

Home(s):
     3 South Main Street, Camden, Delaware (currently a Private Residence)

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


" Delaware Statewide Election Results "

( winner marked in bold  ~    *   =  incumbant )

Year
 Type Election 
Office
Name
Party
    Votes    
%
Opponent
Party
    Votes    
%
 1900 
 General 
 Governor 
 John Hunn 
 Republican 
 22,421 
 53% 
 Peter J. Ford 
 Democrat 
18,808
 45% 



       

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






( January 17, 1905 - January 19, 1909 )


New Castle County - Republican - Age 63 - Miller - Quaker

Interesting Facts:


          
    " Preston Lea "
    ( Official State Portrait )

  • 41st Governor to be elected to office
  • Years of Elected Service to Delaware: " 4 "

Date & Place of Birth:
     November 12, 1841 - Wilmington, Delaware

Parents:
     William & Jane Scott (Lovett) Lea

Married (1st):
     Adelaide Moore - on Oct. 28, 1870 - ( 1846-1888 ) ~ " View her online memorial "
     Children:
          Claudia Wright - ( 1872-1955 )
          Alice Moore - ( 1876-1967 )
          Ethel Mildred - ( 1882-?? )

Married (2nd):
     Eliza Naudain Corbit - on Apr. 29, 1897 - ( 1861-1945 ) ~ " View her online memorial "
     Children:
          Louise Corbit - ( 1898-1989 )

Facts about his life:

  • Also served: No other political office
  • Elected as Delaware's 54th Governor by defeating Joseph Chandler & Caleb S. Pennewill and served from January 17, 1905 to January 19, 1909
  • "Isaac Thomas Parker" was elected as Delaware's 2nd Lt. Governor
  • Military Service: None

Date & Place of Death:
     December 4, 1916 - New Castle, Delaware - Age 75

Place of burial:
     Wilmington & Brandywine Cemetery, Wilmington, Delaware

Home(s):
     909 Delaware Avenue, New Castle, Delaware (Not Standing)

"Click Here" for more about Governor Lea and his family

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


" Delaware Statewide Election Results "

( winner marked in bold  ~    *   =  incumbant )

Year
 Type Election 
Office
Name
Party
    Votes    
%
Opponents
Party
    Votes    
%
 1904 
 General 
 Governor 
 Preston Lea 
 Republican 
 22,532 
 46% 
 Caleb S. Pennewill 
 Joseph H. Chandler 
 Democratic 
 Republican 
 19,780 
802
 41% 
 2% 



       

" Grave of Governor Preston Lea "






( January 19, 1909 - January 21, 1913 )


Sussex County - Republican - Age 41 - Farmer - Methodist

Interesting Facts:


       Portrait of Gov. Pennewill   

     " Simeon Selby Pennewill " 
    ( Official State Portrait )
  • 3rd Governor to be elected as a Bachelor
  • 42nd Governor to be elected to office
  • Years of Elected Service to Delaware: " 13 "

Date & Place of Birth:
     July 23, 1867 - Near Greenwood, Delaware

Parents:
     Simeon & Ann (Curry) Pennewill

Married (1st):
     Lydia Wright Elder - After holding Governor's office ~ " View her online memorial "
     Children:
          None

Married (2nd):
     Elizabeth Halsey - After holding Governor's office
     Children:
          None

Facts about his life:

  • Attended Wilmington Conference Academy (Wesley College) in Dover, Delaware
  • Elected to the Delaware State Senate and served from 1898 to 1906
  • Elected as Delaware's 55th Governor by defeating Rowland G. Paynter who was the Great-Grandson of "Governor Samuel Paynter" by 2,200 votes and served from January 19, 1909 to January 21, 1913
  • "John M. Mendinhall" was elected as Delaware's 3rd Lt. Governor
  • Military Service: None

Date & Place of Death:
     September 10, 1935 - Dover, Delaware - Age 68

Place of burial:
     Bridgeville Methodist Cemetery, Bridgeville, Delaware

Home(s):
     228 North State Street, Dover, Delaware (currently a private residence)

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


" Delaware Statewide Election Results "

( winner marked in bold  ~    *   =  incumbant )

Year
 Type Election 
Office
Name
Party
    Votes    
%
Opponent
Party
    Votes    
%
 1908 
 General 
 Governor 
 Simeon S. Pennewill 
 Republican 
 24,905 
 52% 
 Rowland G. Paynter 
 Democratic 
22,794
 48% 



       

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






( January 21, 1913 - January 16, 1917 )


New Castle County - Republican - Age 55 - Lawyer, Banker - Episcopalian

Interesting Facts:


       Portrait of Gov. Miller   

     " Charles Robert Miller " 
    ( Official State Portrait )
  • 1st Governor to have a Lt. Governor of a different party
  • 43rd Governor to be elected to office
  • Father of "Congressman Thomas W. Miller"
  • Years of Elected Service to Delaware: " 6 "

Date & Place of Birth:
     September 30, 1857 - West Chester, Pa.

Parents:
     Robert & Margaretta (Black) Miller

Married:
     Abigail Morgan Woodruff ~ " View her online memorial "
     Children:
          Thomas Woodnut ~ Later became a "U.S. Congressman" ~ " View his online memorial "
          Clement Woodnut ~ " View his online memorial "
          Mrs. DeForest Willard ~ First name unknown

Facts about his life:

  • Elected to the Delaware State Senate and served from 1910 to 1912
  • Elected as Delaware's 56th Governor by defeating Thomas M. Monaghan and served from January 21, 1913 to January 16, 1917
  • "Colen Ferguson" was elected as Delaware's 4th Lt. Governor
  • Military Service: None

Date & Place of Death:
     September 18, 1927 - Berlin, New Jersey (While visiting a friend) - Age 69

Place of burial:
     Wilmington & Brandywine Cemetery, Wilmington, Delaware

Home(s):
     #1 Red Oak Road, Wilmington, Delaware

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


" Delaware Statewide Election Results "

( winner marked in bold  ~    *   =  incumbant )

Year
 Type Election 
Office
Name
Party
    Votes    
%
Opponents
Party
    Votes    
%
 1912 
 General 
 Governor 
 Charles R. Miller 
 Republican 
 22,745 
 47% 
 Thomas M. Monaghan 
George B. Hynson
 Democratic 
 Progressive 
21,460
3,019
 44% 
 6% 





( January 16, 1917 - January 18, 1921 )

United States Senator from Delaware
( March 4, 1929 - January 3, 1941 )


Sussex County - Republican - Age 45 - Farmer - Methodist

Interesting Facts:


          
     " John Gillis Townsend, Jr. " 
    ( Official State Portrait )

  • His wife Jennie was killed in an automobile accident during his first year in office as Governor
  • 44th Governor to be elected to office
  • 2nd Governor to have a Lt. Governor of a different party
  • 2nd Longest surviving Governor, Age 92
  • Years of Elected Service to Delaware: " 19 "

Date & Place of Birth:
     May 31, 1871, Bishopville, Maryland

Parents:
     John Gillis, Sr. & Mariedith Dukes Townsend

Married:
     Jennie Collins - ( 1872 - 1917 )
     Children:
          John G., III - ( ??-1966 )
          Jennie Thelma - ( 1907-1907 )
          Paul - ( ??-1940 )
          Julian - ( ??-1968 )
          Preston Coleman
          Edith - ( ??-1980 ) - married a Tubbs
          Lyla - ( ??-1983 ) - married a Savoy

Facts about his life:

  • Attended the rural schools
  • Moved to Selbyville, Delaware, in 1895 and engaged in banking
  • Served in the Delaware State House of Representatives 1901-1903
  • Elected as the 57th Governor of Delaware by defeating future U.S. Senator "James H. Hughes" and served from January 16, 1917 to January 18, 1921
  • "Lewis T. Eliason" was elected as Delaware's 5th Lt. Governor
  • Elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1928; reelected in 1934 and served from March 4, 1929 to January 3, 1941; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1940 being defeated by "James M. Tunnell"
  • Member of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial Commission 1939-1940
  • Trustee of several colleges and universities
  • Resumed banking, agricultural pursuits, and the raising and processing of poultry and vegetables
  • Military Service: None

Date & Place of Death:
     April 10, 1964 - Philiadelphia, Pa. - Age 92

Place of burial:
     Red Men's Cemetery, Selbyville, Delaware

Home(s):
     Located on the corner of S. Main and McCabe Streets.
     Currently the Selbyville Public Library.
     Donated by the family.
     Selbyville, Delaware.

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


    " Delaware Statewide Election Results "

    ( winner marked in bold  ~    *   =  incumbant )

    Year
     Type Election 
    Office
    Name
    Party
        Votes    
    %
    Opponents
    Party
        Votes    
    %
     1916 
     General 
     Governor 
     John G. Townsend, Jr. 
     Republican 
     26,664 
     52% 
     James H. Hughes 
     Democratic 
    24,053
     47% 
     1928 
     General 
     :U.S. Senator 
     John G. Townsend, Jr. 
     Republican 
     63,725 
     61% 
     Thomas F. Bayard, Jr.* 
     Democratic 
    40,828
     39% 
     1934 
     General 
     :U.S. Senator 
     John G. Townsend, Jr. 
     Republican 
     52,829 
     53% 
     Wilbur L. Adams 
     Democratic 
    45,771
     46% 
     1940 
     General 
     :U.S. Senator 
     John G. Townsend, Jr.* 
     Republican 
     63,799 
     47% 
     James M. Tunnell 
     Democratic 
    68,294
     51% 





    ( January 18, 1921 - January 20, 1925 )


    Kent County - Republican - Age 47 - Businessman - Episcopalian

    Interesting Facts:


         Portrait of Gov. Denney   

       " William duHamel Denney " 
      ( Official State Portrait )
    • 45th Governor to be elected to office
    • Years of Elected Service to Delaware: " 8 "

    Date & Place of Birth:
         March 31, 1873, Near Dover, Delaware

    Parents:
         William & Anna (DuHamel) Denney

    Married:
         Alice Godwin - ( ??-1980 )
         Children:
              Alice - Married Stephen Strait of Canadaigua, NY
              Anne - Married Henry F. Goodnow of Chestnut Hill, Pa.

    Facts about his life:

    • Elected to the Delaware State House in 1904 and served until 1907 - (Speaker of the House some years)
    • Personal Secretary to Delaware U.S. Senator "Harry A. Richardson" from 1907 to 1913
    • Elected as Delaware 58th Governor by defeating Andrew J. Lynch and served from January 18, 1921 to January 20, 1925
    • "J. Danford Bush" was elected as Delaware's 6th Lt. Governor
    • Served as Delaware's "Secretary of State"
    • Served as Delaware's "Motor Vehicle Commissioner"
    • Military Service: Lieutenant, World War I

    Date & Place of Death:
         November 21, 1953 - Elsmere, Delaware (VA Hospital) - Age 80

    Place of burial:
         Christ Church, Dover, Delaware

    Home(s):
         201 Williams Street, Dover, Delaware (currently a private residence)

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


    " Delaware Statewide Election Results "

    ( winner marked in bold  ~    *   =  incumbant )

    Year
     Type Election 
    Office
    Name
    Party
        Votes    
    %
    Opponents
    Party
        Votes    
    %
     1920 
     General 
     Governor 
     William D. Denney 
     Republican 
     51,895 
     55% 
     Andrew J. Lynch 
     Democratic 
    41,038
     44% 



       Gov. Denney's Home   

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


       Gov. Denney's Stone   

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





    ( January 20, 1925 - January 15, 1929 )


    New Castle County - Republican - Age 55 - Banker - Presbyterian

    Interesting Facts:


         Portrait of Gov. Robinson   

       " Robert Pyle Robinson " 
      ( Official State Portrait )
    • Appointed the first women as Secretary of State in the Nation, Fannie Harrington
    • 46th Governor to be elected to office
    • Years of Elected Service to Delaware: " 4 "

    Date & Place of Birth:
         March 28, 1869 - Wilmington, Delaware

    Parents:
         Robert L. & Frances (Delaplaine) Robinson

    Married:
         Margaret Fouraker - in 1905
         Children:
              Mary Frances Robinson - (died an infant)
              Robert Pyle Robinson, Jr.
              Frances Robinson Parsons

    Facts about his life:

    • Personal Secretary to Delaware U.S. Congressman "Lewis H. Ball" from 1902 to 1903
    • Unsuccessful in his bid to be Delaware's "Insurance Commissioner" in 1914, losing by 98 votes
    • Elected as Delaware's 59th Governor by defeating Joseph Bancroft and served from January 20, 1925 to January 15, 1929
    • "James H. Anderson" was elected as Delaware's 7th Lt. Governor
    • Military Service: None

    Date & Place of Death:
         March 4, 1939 - Wilmington, Delaware - Age 69

    Place of burial:
         Wilmington & Brandywine Cemetery, Wilmington, Delaware

    Home(s):
         "Robinhurst", Wilmington, Delaware (No longer standing, current site of Alden Park)

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


    " Delaware Statewide Election Results "

    ( winner marked in bold  ~    *   =  incumbant )

    Year
     Type Election 
    Office
    Name
    Party
        Votes    
    %
    Opponents
    Party
        Votes    
    %
     1924 
     General 
     Governor 
     Robert P. Robinson 
     Republican 
     53,046 
     60% 
     Joseph Bancroft 
     Democratic 
    34,830
     39% 





    ( January 15, 1929 - January 19, 1937 - 2 terms )

    United States Senator from Delaware
    ( January 3, 1943 - January 3, 1949 )


    New Castle County - Republican - Age 38 - Engineer - Episcopalian

    Interesting Facts:


            

       " C. Douglass Buck, Sr. " 
    • 1st Governor to be re-elected under the new State Constitution which allowed two terms in office.
    • 47th & 48th Governor to be elected to office
    • Great-grandnephew of "U.S. Senator John M. Clayton"
    • Years of Elected Service to Delaware: " 14 "

    Date & Place of Birth:
         March 21, 1890 - "Buena Vista" near New Castle, Delaware

    Parents:
         Frances N. & Margaret Douglass Buck

    Married:
         Alice du Pont Wilson - ( Dec. 15, 1891 - Dec. 29, 1967 ) - "Online Memorial"
         Daughter of U.S. Senator "T. Coleman du Pont"
         She was previously married to a Wilson and had a son - name unknown

         Children with C. Douglass Buck, Sr.:
              Clayton Douglass Buck, Jr. - ( 1923-1986) - "Online Memorial"
              Dorcas Van Dyke Buck - married a Farquhar - ( 1925-1978 ) - "Online Memorial"

    Facts about his life:

    • Graduated from Friends School, Wilmington, Delaware, and for two years attended the University of Pennsylvania Engineering School at Philadelphia
    • Engaged in road building and engineering work in Delaware
    • Served as a Private during World War I
    • Chief Engineer of the Delaware State Highway Department 1922-1929
    • Elected as Delaware's 60th Governor by defeating Charles M. Wharton and served from January 15, 1929 to January 16, 1933 - (1st Term)
    • "James H. Hazel" was elected as Delaware's 8th Lt. Governor
    • Elected as Delaware's 61st Governor by defeating Landreth L. Layton and served from January 16, 1933 to January 19, 1937 - (2nd Term)
    • "Roy F. Corley" was elected as Delaware's 9th Lt. Governor
    • Engaged in the banking business
    • Member of the Republican National Committee 1930-1937
    • Elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1942 and served from January 3, 1943 to January 3, 1949; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1948 being defeated by "Joseph Allen Frear".
    • Resumed the banking business
    • Tax Commissioner of Delaware 1953-1957

    Date & Place of Death:
         January 27, 1965 - "Buena Vista" near New Castle, Delaware - Age 74

    Place of burial:
         Immanuel Church, New Castle, Delaware

    Home(s):
         "Buena Vista" near New Castle, Delaware (Currently a State Conference Center)

    "Click Here" for a Biography of C. Douglass Buck, Jr.
    "Click Here" for Governor Buck's "Find A Grave" record.


    " Delaware Statewide Election Results "

    ( winner marked in bold  ~    *   =  incumbant )

    Year
     Type Election 
    Office
    Name
    Party
        Votes    
    %
    Opponents
    Party
        Votes    
    %
     1928 
     General 
     Governor 
     C. Douglass Buck 
     Republican 
     63,716 
     61% 
     Charles M. Wharton 
     Democratic 
    40,346
     39% 
     1932 
     General 
     Governor 
     C. Douglass Buck* 
     Republican 
     60,903 
     54% 
     Landreth L. Layton 
     Democratic 
    50,401
     45% 
     1942 
     General 
     U.S. Senator 
     C. Douglass Buck 
     Republican 
     46,210 
     54% 
     E. Ennalls Berl 
     Democratic 
    38,322
     45% 
     1948 
     General 
     U.S. Senator 
     C. Douglass Buck* 
     Republican 
     68,246 
     48% 
     J. Allen Frear, Jr. 
     Democratic 
    71,888
     51% 



        Governor Clayton Buck's Grave Site   

    "Gov. Buck's Grave Site"
    ( 2002 )


        Governor Clayton Buck's Grave Site   

    "Gov. Buck's Home"
    ( Buena Vista )





    ( January 19, 1937 - January 21, 1941 )


    New Castle County - Democrat - Age 69 - Leather Executive - Methodist

    Interesting Facts:


         Portrait of Gov. McMullen   

       " Richard Cann McMullen " 
      ( Official State Portrait )
    • 49th Governor to be elected to office
    • Years of Elected Service to Delaware: " 4 "

    Date & Place of Birth:
         January 2, 1868, Porters, Near Glasgow, Delaware

    Parents:
         James & Sarah (Boulden) McMullen

    Married:
         Florence Hutchinson - in 1895 - ( ??-1966 )
         Children:
              Laura B. - ( 1897-?? ) - Married a Whitfield
              Richard H. - ( 1900-1973 ) - Married Ruth V. ??
              Florence - ( 1908-2003 ) - "Online Memorial"
                 Married Irvin "Ace" Taylor, resided in Odessa, De.

    Facts about his life:

    • Also served: Wilmington City Council
    • Elected as the 62nd Governor of Delaware by defeating Isaac Dolphus Short & Harry L. Cannon and served from January 19, 1937 to January 21, 1941
    • "Edward M. Cooch" was elected as Delaware's 10th Lt. Governor
    • He was again nominated as the Democratic Party candidate for Governor in 1940, but suffered a heart attack a month before the election and withdrew from the campaign.
    • Military Service: None

    Date & Place of Death:
         February 18, 1944 - Wilmington, Delaware - Age 76

    Place of burial:
         Riverview Cemetery, Wilmington, Delaware

    Home(s):
         1007 North Rodney Street, Wilmington, Delaware

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


    " Delaware Statewide Election Results "

    ( winner marked in bold  ~    *   =  incumbant )

    Year
     Type Election 
    Office
    Name
    Party
        Votes    
    %
    Opponents
    Party
        Votes    
    %
     1936 
     General 
     Governor 
     Richard C. McMullen 
     Democratic 
     65,437 
     51% 
     Harry L. Cannon 
    Isaac D. Short
     Republican 
     Independent Republican 
    52,782
    8,400
     42% 
    7%





    ( January 21, 1941 - January 18, 1949 - 2 Terms )


    New Castle County - Republican - Age 61 - Accountant - Presbyterian

    Interesting Facts:


         Portrait of Gov. Bacon   

       " Walter Wolfkiel Bacon " 
      ( Official State Portrait )
    • 50th and 51st Governor to be elected to office
    • 3rd Governor to have a Lt. Governor of a different Party
    • 4th Governor to have a Lt. Governor of a different Party
    • Years of Elected Service to Delaware: " 8 "

    Date & Place of Birth:
         January 20, 1880 - New Castle, Delaware

    Parents:
         John G. & Margaret (Foster) Bacon

    Married:
         Mabel H. McDaniel - on November 28, 1906 - ( ??-1962 ) - "View Her Online Memorial"
         Children:
              None

    Facts about his life:

    • He began selling newspapers at age 8
    • Bacon was an accountant with U.S. Steel in Chester, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia and then with the Repauno Corporation. Upon Repauno's acquisition by the DuPont Company, he moved to the General Motors Division in Michigan, where he was Treasurer with the Buick Motor Company from 1918 until 1930.
    • Elected as Mayor of Wilmington, Delaware and served from 1935 to 1940 (3 terms)
    • Elected as the 63rd Governor of Delaware by defeating Josiah Marvel, Jr. and served from January 21, 1941 to January 19, 1945 - ( 1st Term )
    • "Isaac J. MacCollum" was elected as Delaware's 11th Lt. Governor
    • Elected as the 64th Governor of Delaware by defeating "Isaac J. MacCollum", his Lt. Governor, and served from January 19, 1945 to January 18, 1949 - ( 2nd Term )
    • "Elbert N. Carvel", future 65th Governor of Delaware, was elected as Delaware's 12th Lt. Governor
    • Military Service: None
    • Bacon has been described "as a simple man with simple tastes. He didn't drink, liked baseball, saw every Shirley Temple movie that came to town, pinched pennies, and perhaps was the right man for the right time when he was governor."

    Date & Place of Death:
         March 18, 1962 - Wilmington, Delaware - Age 82

    Place of burial:
         Old Drawyers Church, Odessa, Delaware

    Home(s):
         Mayfair Apartments, North Harrison Street, Wilmington, Delaware

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


    " Delaware Statewide Election Results "

    ( winner marked in bold  ~    *   =  incumbant )

    Year
     Type Election 
    Office
    Name
    Party
        Votes    
    %
    Opponents
    Party
        Votes    
    %
     1940  General  Governor 
     Walter W. Bacon  
     Rebuplican 
    70,629
     52% 
    Josiah Marvel, Jr.
     Democrat 
    61,237
     45% 
     1944  General  Governor 
     Walter W. Bacon* 
     Rebuplican 
    63,829
     51% 
     Isaac J. MacCollum 
     Democrat 
    62,156
     49% 



        Governor Walter Bacon's Grave Site   

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




          

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