Military service, if any shown is the highest rank obtained

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( January 18, 1949 - January 20, 1953 - 1st Term )


Sussex County - Democrat - Age 38 - Businessman - Episcopalian

Interesting Facts:


       Portrait of Gov. Carvel   

     " Elbert Nortrand Carvel " 
    ( Official State Portrait )
  • 52nd and 55th Governor to be elected to office
  • Served First Term: January 18, 1949 to January 20, 1953
  • Served Second Term: January 17, 1961 to January 19, 1965
  • 1st Lieutenant Governor to be later elected as Governor
  • 2nd Lieutenant Governor to run for Governor
  • 4th Lt. Governor to be of a different party than the Governor
  • 1st Governor to receive over 100,000 votes
  • Oldest surviving Governor in Delaware History, " Age 94 "
  • Years of Elected Service to Delaware: " 12 "

Date & Place of Birth:
     February 9, 1910 - Shelter Heights, Long Island, N.Y.

Parents:
     Arnold W. & Elizabeth (Nostrand) Carvel

Married:
     Ann Hall Valliant - in 1932
     Their Children:
          Edwin
          Betty
- married Charles Palmer
          Ann Hall - married David House
          Barbara - married Robert Krahn

Facts about his life:

Date & Place of Death:
     February 6, 2005 - Laurel, De. - Age 94

Place of burial:
     Carvel Family Cemetery, Kent Island, MD

Home(s):
     Laurel, Delaware

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


      

 " Elbert N. Carvel " 
( 1999 )


( January 20, 1953 - December 30, 1960 - 2 Terms )

United States Representative from Delaware
( January 3, 1947 - January 3, 1953 - 3 Terms )
United States Senator from Delaware
( January 3, 1961 - January 3, 1973 - 2 Terms )


New Castle County - Republican - Age 43 - Lawyer - Methodist

Interesting Facts:


       Portrait of Gov. Boggs   

     " James Caleb Boggs " 
    ( Official State Portrait )
  • 53rd and 54th Governor to be elected to office
  • Awarded the Bronze Star, Legion of Merit and Croix de Guerre
  • Resigned office during end of 2nd term to accept United States Senate seat
  • Years of Elected Service to Delaware: " 26 "

Date & Place of Birth:
     May 15, 1909 - Cheswold, Delaware

Parents:
     Edward Jefferson & Lettie (Vaughn) Boggs

Married:
     Elizabeth Muir - ( 1908-1992 )
     Their Children:
          James, Jr.
          Marilu

Facts about his life:

Date & Place of Death:
     March 26, 1993 - Wilmington, De. - Age 83

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

Home(s):
     Claymont, De., (private residence)

"Click Here" for a Biography of Cale Boggs
"Click Here" for Governor Bogg's "Find A Grave" record


      

 " J. Caleb Boggs " 
( 1972 )


       

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


( December 30, 1960 - January 17, 1961 )
( " Assumed Office from Gov. Caleb Boggs upon his resignation " )


Kent County - Republican - Age 40 - Lawyer, Judge - Methodist

Interesting Facts:


       Portrait of Gov. Buckson   

     " David Penrose Buckson " 
    ( Official State Photo )
  • Governor for 19 days
  • 1st Lieutenant Governor to assume the office of Governor
  • Years of Elected Service to Delaware: " 17 "
  • Currently 89 years old

Date & Place of Birth:
     July 25, 1920 - Townsend, De.

Parents:
     Leon & Margaret (Hutchison) Buckson

Married:
     Patricia Maloney - in 1963
     Their Children:
          Marlee
          David
          Eric
          Kent

Facts about his life:

Home(s):
     Currently residing in Camden, Delaware

"Click Here" for a Biography of Dave Buckson


( January 17, 1961 - January 19, 1965 - 2nd Term )

Sussex County - Democrat - Age 50 - Businessman - Episcopalian

Interesting Facts:


       Portrait of Gov. Carvel   

     " Elbert Nortrand Carvel " 
    ( Official State Portrait )
  • 52nd and 55th Governor to be elected to office
  • Served First Term: January 18, 1949 to January 20, 1953
  • Served Second Term: January 17, 1961 to January 19, 1965
  • 1st Lieutenant Governor to be later elected as Governor
  • 2nd Lieutenant Governor to run for Governor
  • 4th Lt. Governor to be of a different party than the Governor
  • 1st Governor to receive over 100,000 votes
  • Oldest surviving Governor in Delaware History, " Age 94 "
  • Years of Elected Service to Delaware: " 12 "

Date & Place of Birth:
     February 9, 1910 - Shelter Heights, Long Island, N.Y.

Parents:
     Arnold W. & Elizabeth (Nostrand) Carvel

Married:
     Ann Hall Valliant - in 1932
     Their Children:
          Edwin
          Betty
- married Charles Palmer
          Ann Hall - married David House
          Barbara - married Robert Krahn

Facts about his life:

  • Elected as Delaware's "12th Lieutenant Governor" during the 2nd term of "Governor Walter Bacon" and served from January 16, 1945 to January 18, 1949
  • Elected as the 65th Governor of Delaware in 1948 by defeating Hyland F. George and served from January 18, 1949 to January 20, 1953 (1st Term)
  • "Alexis I. du Pont Bayard" was elected as Delaware's 13th Lt. Governor
  • Defeated in his bid for a 2nd term as Delaware's Governor in 1952 by "J. Caleb Boggs" - ( later served a 2nd term as the 69th Governor )
  • Defeated in his bid for a U.S. Senate seat in 1958 by incumbant "Senator John J. Williams"
  • Elected the 69th Governor of Delaware by defeating previous Lt. Governor "John Rollins" for office and served from January 17, 1961 to January 19, 1965 - (2nd Term)
  • "Eugene Lammot" was elected as Delaware's 16th Lt. Governor
  • Defeated in his bid for a U.S. Senate seat in 1964 by incumbant "Senator John J. Williams"
  • Military Service: None

    Date & Place of Death:
         February 6, 2005 - Laurel, De. - Age 94

    Place of burial:
         Carvel Family Cemetery, Kent Island, MD

    Home(s):
         Laurel, Delaware

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


          

     " Elbert N. Carvel " 
    ( 1999 )


( January 19, 1965 - January 21, 1969 - 1 Term )

Kent County - Democrat - Age 64 - Lawyer, Judge - Episcopalian

Interesting Facts:

Date & Place of Birth:
     September 17, 1900 - Camden, De.

Parents:
     Charles Layman, Sr. & Elizabeth Maxon Terry

Married:
     Jessica Irby - ( 1900-1989 ) - "View Her Online Memorial"
     Their Children:
          Charles Layman, III

Facts about his life:

  • Attended public schools
  • Attended Wesley College, University of Virginia, Law degree from Washington and Lee
  • Attorney for Kent County Levy Court
  • Attorney for the Delaware General Assembly, 1931-1932
  • Served Delaware as Secretary of State in 1937 under "Governor Richard C. McMullen"
  • Associate Justice of the Delaware Superior Court, 1937-1961
  • Delaware State Supreme Court Judge, 1962-1964
  • Elected the 70th Governor of Delaware by defeating past Governor "David P. Buckson" for office and served from January 19, 1965 to January 21, 1969
  • "Sherman W. Tribbitt" was elected as Delaware's 17th Lt. Governor
  • Defeated in his bid for a 2nd term as Governor by "Russell W. Peterson"
  • Military Service: None

Died:
     February 6, 1970 - Dover, De. - Age 69

Place of burial:
     Christ Episcopal Church Cemetery, Dover, De.

Home(s):
     448 North State Steet, Dover, De. (currently a private residence)

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


      

" Gov. Terry's Home "
( 2003 )

      
" Gov. Terry's Grave Site "
( 2003 )




( January 21, 1969 - January 16, 1973 - 1 Term )


New Castle County - Republican - Age 52 - Chemist - Unitarian


      

 " Russell Wilber Peterson " 
( 1995 )

Interesting Facts:

  • 57th Governor to be elected to office
  • Created the Cabinet Form of Government in Delaware
  • Created the Coastal Zone Act of 1972
  • Became a Democrat in 1998
  • Years of Elected Service to Delaware: " 4 "

Date & Place of Birth:
     October 3, 1916 - Portage, Wisconson

Parents:
     Anton & Emma (_____) Peterson

Married (1st):
     Lillian Turner - ( passed away in 1994 )
     Their Children:
          R. Glen Peterson
          Peter Peterson
          Kristin Peterson Havill
          Elin Peterson Sullivan

Married (2nd):
     June Jenkins
     Their Children:
          None

Facts about his life:

Died:
     February 21, 2011 - Wilmington, De. - Age 94

Place of burial:
     Currently unknown

Home(s):
     Resided in Wilmington, DE


      

 " Russell Wilber Peterson " 
( 2005 - Age 88 )



    ( January 16, 1973 - January 18, 1977 - 1 Term )


New Castle County - Democrat - Age 50 - Merchant - Methodist

Interesting Facts:

Date & Place of Birth:
     November 9, 1922 - Denton, Maryland

Parents:
     Sherman L. & Minnie (Thawley) Tribbitt

Married:
     Jeanne Webb Tribbitt - on July 24, 1943
     Their Children:
          James
          Carol
          Sherman "Tip"

Facts about his life:

  • Elected to the Delaware House of Representatives - (1957-64, 1971-72)
  • Served as Speaker of the House - (1958-64)
  • Elected as Delaware's "17th Lieutenant Governor" by defeating William T. Best and served under "Governor Charles L. Terry, Jr." from January 19, 1965 to January 21, 1969
  • Defeated in his bid to become Delaware's 18th Lieutenant Governor by "Eugene Bookhammer"
  • Elected as the 72nd Governor of Delaware by defeating incumbant "Governor Russell Peterson" for office and served from January 16, 1973 to January 18, 1977
  • "Eugene Bookhammer" was elected as Delaware's 19th Lt. Governor
  • Defeated in his bid to become Delaware's 73rd Governor by "Pierre S. du Pont, IV"
  • Military Service: U.S. Navy, WW II, Destroyer USS Frost.

  • Date & Place of Death:
         August 14, 2010 - Rehobeth Beach, De. - Age 87

  • Place of burial:
         Old Drawyer's Cemetery, Odessa, DE

Home(s):
     South Meadow Drive, Odessa Heights, Odessa, DE when elected as Governor, Hazel Drive, Dover, DE after serving as Governor (photo shown below), Rehoboth Beach, DE as his final home.

"Click Here" for a Biography of Sherman Tribbitt

Election Results (winner marked in bold)
Year
Office
Name
Type
Election
Party
Votes
%
Opponent
Party
Votes
%
 1964  Lt. Governor 
Sherman W.
Tribbitt
StatewideDemocrat
108,742
 55% 
William T.
Best
 Republican 
89,675
 45% 
 1968  Lt. Governor 
Sherman W.
Tribbitt
StatewideDemocrat
99,421
 49% 
Eugene D.
Bookhammer
 Republican 
101,839
 51% 
 1972  Governor 
Sherman W.
Tribbitt
StatewideDemocrat
117,274
 51% 
Russell W.
Peterson
 Republican 
109,583
 48% 
 1976  Governor 
Sherman W.
Tribbitt
StatewideDemocrat
97,480
 42% 
Pierre S.
du Pont, IV
 Republican 
130,531
 57% 
 1984  Governor 
Sherman W.
Tribbitt
Primary
Democrat
14,185
 41% 
William T.
Quillen
 Democrat 
20,473
 59% 



       

"Gov. Tribbitt's Home"
( Dover, De. - 2004 - Photo by Russ Pickett )


      
Sherman W. Tribbitt
( 1995 )




( January 18, 1977 - January 15, 1985 - 2 Terms )

United States Representative from Delaware
( January 3, 1971 - January 3, 1977 - 3 terms )


New Castle County - Republican - Age 41 - Lawyer - Episcopalian

Interesting Facts:


       Portrait of Gov. Du Pont   

     " Pierre Samuel du Pont, IV " 
    ( Official State Portrait )
  • 59th Governor to be elected to office
  • Unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Presidency in 1988
  • Years of Elected Service to Delaware: " 18 "
  • Currently 75 years old

Date & Place of Birth:
     January 22, 1935, Wilmington, De.

Parents:
     Pierre Samuel, III & Jane Holcomb du Pont

Married:
     Elise Ravenel Wood
     Their Children:
          Ravenel
          Pierre S.
          V. Benjamin Franklin
          Eleuthere Irenee

Facts about his life:

Home(s):
     Currently residing in Rockland, De.

"Click Here" for a Biography of Pete du Pont


      


( January 15, 1985 - December 31, 1992 - 2 Terms )

United States Representative from Delaware
( January 3, 1993 - Present - 9 Terms )


New Castle County - Lawyer - Republican - Age 45 - Catholic

Interesting Facts:


       Portrait of Gov. Castle   

     " Michael Newbold Castle " 
    ( Official State Portrait )
  • 60th Governor to be elected to office
  • 3rd Lieutenant Governor to be later elected as Governor
  • Resigned office during end of 2nd term to accept United States Representative office
  • Served a record of 9 terms as Delaware's Representative.
  • Years of Elected Service to Delaware: " 41 " - ( as of 2010 )
  • Currently 71 years old

Date & Place of Birth:
     July 2, 1939 - Wilmington, De.

Parents:
     Unknown

Married:
     Jane DiSabatino - on May 23, 1992 while in office
     Their Children:
          None

Facts about his life:

Home:
     Currently residing in Wilmington, De.

"Click Here" for a Biography of Mike Castle
"Click Here" to go to Rep. Castle's Home Page



      
Mike Castle
( 2009 )


( December 31, 1992 to January 19, 1993 )
( " Assumed Office from Gov. Mike Castle " )


New Castle County - Republican - Age 69

Interesting Facts:


       Portrait of Gov. Wolf   

     " Dale E. Wolf " 
    ( Official State Portrait )
  • Awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart
  • Served as Governor for 20 days
  • 2nd Lieutenant Governor to assume the office of Governor
  • Years of Elected Service to Delaware: " 4 "
  • Currently 85 years old

Date & Place of Birth:
     September 6, 1924 - Kearney, Nebraska

Parents:
     Harry and Irene Wolf of Kearney, Nebraska

Married:
     Clarice Elaine Marshall - December 31, 1945
     Their Children:
          Janet Lynn
          Glenda Elaine
          Thomas Marshall
          James Dale

Facts about his life:

Home(s):
     Currently residing in Wilmington, De.

"Click Here" for a Biography of Dale Wolf


      
Dale Wolf
( 1995 )


( January 19, 1993 - January 3, 2001 - 2 Terms )

United States Representative from Delaware
( January 3, 1983 - January 3, 1993 - 5 Terms )
United States Senator from Delaware
( January 3, 2001 - Present - 2nd Term )


New Castle County - Democrat - Age 45 - Presbyterian

Interesting Facts:


       Portrait of Gov. Carper   

     " Thomas Richard Carper " 
    ( Official State Portrait )
  • Elected to State Wide Office 12 times, more than anyone in Delaware History!
  • Resigned office during end of 2nd term to accept United States Senate seat
  • Years of Elected Service to Delaware: " 33 " - ( as of 2009 )
  • Currently 63 years old

Date & Place of Birth:
     January 23, 1947 - Beckley, West Virginia
     Raised in Virginia

Parents:
     Unknown

Married:
     Martha Ann Stacy Carper
     Their Children:
          Christopher Carper  -  ( attends college in Boston )
          Benjamin Carper  -  ( attends college in Virginia )

Facts about his life:

Home:
     Wilmington, De.

"Click Here" for a Biography for Senator Carper
"Click Here" to go to Senator Carper's Home Page


      
Tom Carper
( 1999 )



( January 3, 2001 to January 16, 2001 - " Assumed term of Governor Thomas Carper " - )
( Elected to Serve: January 16, 2001 to January 20, 2009 - 2 Terms )


Kent County - Democrat - Age 65


      

 " Ruth Ann Minner " 
( Official State Photo )

Interesting Facts:

Date & Place of Birth:
     January 17, 1935 - Slaughter Neck, Delaware

Parents:
     Unknown

Married (1st):
     Frank Ingram - (deceased)
     Their Children:
          Frank Ingram, Jr.
          Wayne Ingram
          Gary Ingram

Married (2nd):
     Roger Minner - ( deceased- 1991 )
     Their Children:
          None

Facts about her life:

  • Served in the Delaware State House of Representatives - (1974 - 1982)
  • Served in the Delaware State Senate - (1982-1993)
  • Elected as Delaware's "24th and 25th Lieutenant Governor" under "Governor Thomas Carper" and served from January 19, 1993 to January 3, 2001
  • Assumed 2nd Term of "Governor Thomas R. Carper", who resigned to become Delaware's U.S. Senator, to become the 80th Governor of Delaware and served from January 3, 2001 thru January 16, 20001.
  • Elected and continued serving as the 80th Governor of Delaware by defeating John M. Burris and has served from January 16, 2001 to Present - ( 1st Term )
  • Elected as the 81st Governor of Delaware by defeating William Lee ( 177,848 - 51% to 160,215 - 46%) and will serve from January, 2005 to January, 2009 - ( 2nd Term )
  • "John C. Carney" was elected as Delaware's 26th Lt. Governor
  • "John C. Carney" was elected as Delaware's 27th Lt. Governor
  • Military Service: None

Home:
      Currently resides in Sussex County, Delaware.



( January 20, 2009 to Present )


New Castle County - Democrat - Age 48


      

 " Jack Markell " 
( Recent Photo )

Interesting Facts:

  • He attracted more votes than any other Democrat on the ballot in Delaware in 1998, 2002, and 2006.
  • Coined the name “Nextel”.
  • Delaware's 1st Governor of Jewish faith.
  • Years of Elected Service to Delaware: " 10 " - ( as of 2009 )
  • Currently 51 years old

Date & Place of Birth:
     November 26, 1960 - Newark, Delaware

Parents:
     William and Elaine "Leni" Markell

Married:
     Carla
     Their Children:
          Molly Markell
          Michael Markell

Facts about his life:

Home:
      Newark, Delaware

"Click Here" for a Biography of Governor Jack Markell


   Portrait of the Markell Family   

 " The Markell Family " 
( Official State Portrait )




      

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