Military service, if any shown is the highest rank obtained

( Words in "Bright Blue" on this website are links )



( 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.
  • First individual in Delaware to received over 100,000 votes in an election.
  • 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.
  • Oldest surviving elected 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 ~ "View Her Online Memorial"
     Their Children:
          Edwin Valliant Carvel
          Elizabeth "Betty" Carvel Palmer
- married Charles Palmer
          Ann Hall - married David House
          Barbara Carvel Krahn - married Robert Krahn

Facts about his life:

  • Elected as Delaware's "12th Lieutenant Governor" by defeating Clayton Bunting during the 2nd term of "Governor Walter W. 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"
  • 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

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

Home(s):
     Laurel, Delaware


" Delaware Statewide Election Results "

( winner marked in bold  ~    *   =  incumbant )

Year
Office
Name
 Type Election 
Party
    Votes    
%
Opponent
Party
    Votes    
%
1944
 Lt. Governor 
 Elbert N. Carvel 
General
 Democratic 
 44,524 
 51% 
 Clayton A. Bunting 
 Republican 
 42,595 
 49% 
1948
Governor
Elbert N. Carvel
General
 Democratic 
75,339
 54% 
Hyland P. George
 Republican 
64,996
 46% 
1952
Governor
Elbert N. Carvel*
General
 Democratic 
81,772
 48% 
J. Caleb Boggs
 Republican 
88,977
 52% 
1958
U.S. Senator
Elbert N. Carvel 
General
 Democratic 
72,152
 47% 
John J. Williams*
Republican
82,280
 53% 
1960
Governor
Elbert N. Carvel
General
 Democratic 
100,792
 52% 
John W. Rollins
 Republican 
94,043
 48% 
1964
U.S. Senator
Elbert N. Carvel
General
 Democratic 
96,850
 48% 
John J. Williams*
Republican
103,782
 52% 



      

 " 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 ) ~ "View Her Online Memorial"
     Their Children:
          James, Jr.
          Marilu

Facts about his life:

  • Attended the rural schools; was graduated from the University of Delaware at Newark in 1931 and from Georgetown University Law School, Washington, D.C., in 1937
  • Admitted to the bar in 1938 and commenced practice in Dover, De.
  • Served during the Second World War in the United States Army 1941-1946, Colonel, 6th Armored Cavalry, 3rd Army (George Patton's)
  • Deputy Judge of the Family Court of New Castle County, De., 1946
  • Elected as a Republican to the Eightieth Congress by defeating incumbant "Congressman Philip A. Traynor" and also to the Eighty-first, and Eighty-second Congresses and served from January 3, 1947 to January 3, 1953; was not a candidate for renomination in 1952
  • Elected the 66th Governor of Delaware by defeating incumbant "Governor Elbert N. Carvel" for office and served from January 20, 1953 to January 18, 1957 - (1st Term)
  • "John Rollins" was elected as Delaware's 14th Lt. Governor
  • Elected the 67th Governor of Delaware by defeating James H. Tyler McConnell for office and served from January 18, 1957 to December 18, 1960 - (2nd Term)
  • "David P. Buckson" was elected as Delaware's 15th Lt. Governor
  • Elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1960, defeating incumbant "Joseph Allen Frear, Jr."; reelected in 1966 and served from January 3, 1961 to January 3, 1973; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1972 to Delaware's current U.S. Senator, "Joseph R. Biden, Jr."
  • Practiced law in Wilmington, De.; was a resident of Wilmington, De., until his passing

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

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

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

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

Biography: " James Caleb Boggs "


" Statewide Election Results "

( winner marked in bold  ~    *   =  incumbant )

Year
Office
Name
 Type Election 
Party
    Votes    
%
Opponent
Party
    Votes    
%
 1946 
 U.S. Representative 
 J. Caleb Boggs  
General
 Republican 
 63,516 
 56% 
 Philip A. Traynor* 
 Democratic 
49,105
 44% 
 1948 
 U.S. Representative 
 J. Caleb Boggs* 
General
 Republican 
 71,127 
 51% 
 J. Carl McGuigan 
 Democratic 
68,909
 49% 
 1950 
 U.S. Representative 
 J. Caleb Boggs* 
General
 Republican 
 73,313 
 57% 
 Henry M. Winchester 
 Democratic 
56,091
 43% 
 1952 
Governor
 J. Caleb Boggs  
General
 Republican 
 88,977 
 52% 
 Elbert N. Carvel* 
 Democratic 
81,772
 48% 
 1956 
Governor
 J. Caleb Boggs* 
General
 Republican 
 91,965 
 52% 
 J. H. Tyler McConnell 
 Democratic 
85,047
 48% 
 1960 
U.S. Senator
 J. Caleb Boggs  
General
 Republican 
 98,874 
 51% 
 J. Allen Frear, Jr.* 
 Democratic 
96,090
 49% 
 1966 
U.S. Senator
 J. Caleb Boggs* 
General
 Republican 
 97,268 
 59% 
 James M. Tunnell, Jr. 
 Democratic 
67,263
 41% 
 1972 
U.S. Senator
 J. Caleb Boggs* 
General
 Republican 
 112,844 
 49% 
 Joseph R. Biden, Jr. 
 Democratic 
116,006
 50% 



      

 " 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 95 years old

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

Parents:
     Leon & Margaret (Hutchison) Buckson

Married:
     Betty Savin - in 1945
        Their Children:
          Deborah Gray
          Brian Roth

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

Facts about his life:

  • Elected as Delaware's "15th Lieutenant Governor" by defeating Vernon B. Derrickson and served from January 15, 1957 to December 30, 1960
  • Was sworn in as Delaware's 68th Governor after the resignation of "Governor J. Caleb Boggs" to become Delaware's U.S. Senator and Buckson served from December 30, 1960 to January 17, 1961 - ( 19 days )
  • Elected as Delaware's Attorney General and served from 1963 to 1971
  • Defeated in his bid to become Delaware's 70th Governor by "Charles L. Terry, Jr."
  • Appointed as a Family Court Judge in 1975 by "Governor Sherman W. Tribbitt"
  • Military Service: Major, WW II, Served in Southwest Pacific

Home(s):
     Currently residing in Delaware

Biography: ~ " David Penrose Buckson "


" Statewide Election Results "

( winner marked in bold  ~    *   =  incumbant )

  Year  
Office
Name
 Type Election 
Party
    Votes    
%
Opponent
Party
    Votes    
%
1956
Lt. Governor
 David P. Buckson  
General
 Republican 
 92,254 
 52% 
 Vernon B. Derrickson 
 Democratic 
 81,121 
 48% 
1962
 Attorney General 
 David P. Buckson  
General
 Republican 
 77,666 
 51% 
 John Biggs, III 
 Democratic 
 75,064 
 49% 
1964
Governor
 David P. Buckson    
General
 Republican 
 97,374 
 49% 
 Charles L. Terry, Jr. 
 Democratic 
 102,797 
 51% 
1966
 Attorney General 
 David P. Buckson* 
General
 Republican 
 96,595 
 59% 
 Sidney Balick 
 Democratic 
 66,848 
 41% 
1972
 Governor 
 David P. Buckson    
Primary
 Republican 
 20,138 
 46% 
 Russell W. Peterson 
 Republican 
 23,929 
 54% 






( 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 elected 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 ~ "View Her Online Memorial"
     Their Children:
          Edwin Valliant Carvel
          Elizabeth "Betty" Carvel Palmer
- married Charles Palmer
          Ann Hall - married David House
          Barbara Carvel Krahn - 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

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

    Home(s):
         Laurel, Delaware


    " Statewide Election Results "

    ( winner marked in bold  ~    *   =  incumbant )

      Year  
    Office
    Name
     Type Election 
    Party
        Votes    
    %
    Opponent
    Party
        Votes    
    %
    1944
     Lt. Governor 
     Elbert N. Carvel 
    General
     Democratic 
     44,524 
     51% 
     Clayton A. Bunting 
     Republican 
     42,595 
     49% 
    1948
    Governor
    Elbert N. Carvel
    General
     Democratic 
    75,339
     54% 
    Hyland P. George
     Republican 
    64,996
     46% 
    1952
    Governor
    Elbert N. Carvel*
    General
     Democratic 
    81,772
     48% 
    J. Caleb Boggs
     Republican 
    88,977
     52% 
    1958
    U.S. Senator
    Elbert N. Carvel 
    General
     Democratic 
    72,152
     47% 
    John J. Williams*
    Republican
    82,280
     53% 
    1960
    Governor
    Elbert N. Carvel
    General
     Democratic 
    100,792
     52% 
    John W. Rollins
     Republican 
    94,043
     48% 
    1964
    U.S. Senator
    Elbert N. Carvel
    General
     Democratic 
    96,850
     48% 
    John J. Williams*
    Republican
    103,782
     52% 



          

     " Elbert N. Carvel " 
    ( 1999 )






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

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

Interesting Facts:


       Portrait of Gov. Terry   

     " Charles Layman Terry, Jr. " 
    ( Official State Portrait )
  • 56th Governor to be elected to office
  • First Governor to use "Woodburn" after it was purchased by the State of Delaware ~ However he never resided there.
  • Years of Elected Service to Delaware: " 4 "

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, Delaware

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

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


" Statewide Election Results "

( winner marked in bold  ~    *   =  incumbant )

  Year  
Office
Name
 Type Election 
Party
    Votes    
%
Opponent
Party
    Votes    
%
1964
 Governor 
 Charles L. Terry, Jr. 
General
 Democratic 
102,797
 51% 
 David P. Buckson 
 Republican 
97,374
 49% 
1968
 Governor 
 Charles L. Terry, Jr.*  
General
 Democratic 
102,360
 49% 
 Russell W. Peterson 
 Republican 
104,474
 51% 




      

" 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 ) ~ "View Her Online Memorial"
     Their Children:
          R. Glen Peterson
          Peter Peterson
          Kristin Peterson Havill
          Elin Peterson Sullivan

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

Facts about his life:

  • Also served: No other political service
  • Elected the 71st Governor of Delaware by defeating incumbant "Governor Charles Terry" for office and served from January 21, 1969 to January 16, 1973
  • "Eugene Bookhammer" was elected as Delaware's 18th Lt. Governor
  • Defeated in his bid to become Delaware's 72nd Governor by "Sherman W. Tribbitt"
  • Served as the President of the National Audubon Society, his dream job - (1979-1985)
  • Switched his political affiliation to the Democratic party in 1998
  • Military Service: None

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

Place of burial:
     Lower Brandywine Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Owls Nest, Delaware

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

Home(s):
     Resided in Wilmington, DE


" Statewide Election Results "

( winner marked in bold  ~    *   =  incumbant )

  Year  
Office
Name
 Type Election 
Party
    Votes    
%
Opponent
Party
    Votes    
%
1968
 Governor 
 Russell W. Peterson  
General
 Republican 
104,474
 51% 
 Charles L. Terry, Jr.*  
 Democratic 
102,360
 49% 
1972
 Governor 
 Russell W. Peterson* 
Primary
 Republican 
23,929
 54% 
 David P. Buckson 
 Republican 
20,138
 46% 
1972
 Governor 
 Russell W. Peterson*   
General
 Republican 
109,583
 49% 
 Sherman W. Tribbitt 
 Democratic 
117,274
 51% 



      

 " Russell Wilber Peterson " 
( 2005 - Age 88 )





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


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

Interesting Facts:


       Portrait of Gov. Tribbitt   

     " Sherman Willard Tribbitt " 
    ( Official State Portrait )
  • 58th Governor to be elected to office
  • First Governor to reside fulltime at "Woodburn" after purchase by the State.
  • Governor Tribbitt, due to the state's financial problems he inherited, did not take one day off during his term of office
  • Brought the state out of debt during his term of office
  • 2nd Lieutenant Governor to be later elected as Governor
  • His mother was a strong Democrat, his father a strong Republican - he followed his mother's lead
  • He convinced the receptionist for his office, "Ruth Ann Minner", to run for public office and she eventually became the first woman Governor of Delaware.
  • Years of Elected Service to Delaware: " 18 "

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

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

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.

Biography: ~ " Sherman Willard Tribbitt "


" Statewide Election Results "

( winner marked in bold  ~    *   =  incumbant )

Year
Office
Name
 Type Election 
Party
    Votes    
%
Opponent
Party
    Votes    
%
1964
 Lt. Governor 
 Sherman W. Tribbitt 
General
 Democratic 
 108,742 
 55% 
 William T. Best 
 Republican 
89,675
 45% 
 1968   Lt. Governor 
 Sherman W. Tribbitt *
General
 Democratic 
99,421
 49% 
 Eugene D. Bookhammer 
 Republican 
101,839
 51% 
 1972 
Governor
Sherman W. Tribbitt
General
 Democratic 
117,274
 51% 
Russell W. Peterson
 Republican 
109,583
 48% 
 1976 
Governor
 Sherman W. Tribbitt *
General
 Democratic 
97,480
 42% 
Pierre S. du Pont, IV
 Republican 
130,531
 57% 
 1984 
Governor
Sherman W. Tribbitt
Primary
 Democratic 
14,185
 41% 
William T. Quillen
 Democratic 
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 80 years old

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

Parents:
     Pierre Samuel, III & Jane Holcomb du Pont

Married:
     Elise Ravenel Wood ~ Ran an unsuccesful campaign for the U.S. House against "Thomas R. Carper" in 1984.
     Their Children:
          Ravenel "Elise"
          Pierre S. du Pont, V
          V. Benjamin Franklin du Pont
~ ( Founder of yet2Ventures and yet2.com )
          Eleuthere Irenee du Pont ~ ( President of Wawa markets )

Facts about his life:

  • Educated at Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, N.H., 1948-1952; B.S.E., Princeton University, 1952-1956; LL.B., Harvard Law School, 1963
  • Active duty as United States Naval Reserve Officer (Ensign), Seabees, 1957-1960
  • Admitted to the Delaware bar in 1964 and commenced practice in Wilmington, De.
  • Employed by E.I. du Pont Co., Wilmington, Del., 1963-1970
  • Served in Delaware's State House of Representatives from Delaware's 12th district ~ 1968-1971
  • Elected as a Republican to the Ninety-second and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1971-January 3, 1977); was not a candidate for reelection in 1976
  • Elected as the 73rd Governor of Delaware by defeating incumbant "Governor Sherman W. Tribbitt" for office and served from January 18, 1977 to January 20, 1981 - (1st Term)
  • "James D. McGinnis" was elected as Delaware's 20th Lt. Governor
  • Elected as the 74th Governor of Delaware by defeating William Gordy and served from January 20, 1981 to January 15, 1985 - ( 2nd Term )
  • "Michael N. Castle", future Governor, was elected as Delaware's 21st Lt. Governor

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

Biography: ~ " Pierre Samuel du Pont, IV "


" Statewide Election Results "

( winner marked in bold  ~    *   =  incumbant )

  Year  
Office
Name
 Type Election 
Party
    Votes    
%
Opponent
Party
    Votes    
%
1970
 U.S. Representative 
 Pierre S. du Pont, IV  
General
 Republican 
 86,125 
 54% 
 John D. Daniello 
 Democratic 
 71,429 
 46% 
1972
 U.S. Representative 
 Pierre S. du Pont, IV* 
General
 Republican 
 141,237 
 63% 
 Norma Handloft 
 Democratic 
 83,230 
 37% 
1974
 U.S. Representative 
 Pierre S. du Pont, IV* 
General
 Republican 
 93,826 
 58% 
 James S. Soles 
 Democratic 
 63,490 
 40% 
1976
Governor
 Pierre S. du Pont, IV  
General
 Republican 
 130,531 
 57% 
 Sherman W. Tribbitt* 
 Democratic 
 97,480 
 42% 
1980
Governor
 Pierre S. du Pont, IV  
General
 Republican 
 159,004 
 71% 
 William J. Gordy 
 Democratic 
 64,217 
 29% 



      






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

United States Representative from Delaware
( January 3, 1993 - January 3, 2011 - 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 10 terms as Delaware's U.S. Representative.
  • Years of Elected Service to Delaware: " 40 "
  • Currently 76 years old

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

Parents:
     James Manderson Castle, Jr. & Louisa Johnston Bache Castle

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

Facts about his life:

  • Graduate of Tower Hill School, Wilmington, De.,1957; B.S., Hamilton College, Clinton, N.Y., 1961; LL.B., Georgetown University School of Law, Washington, D.C., 1964
  • Lawyer, private practice
  • Served as Deputy Attorney General of Delaware, 1965-1966
  • Served in the Delaware State House of Representatives, 1966-1967
  • Served in the Delaware State Senate, 1968-1976
  • Elected as Delaware's "21st Lieutenant Governor" by defeating State Senator Thomas B. Sharp and served under "Governor Pete du Pont" from January 20, 1981 ~ January 15, 1985
  • Elected as the 75th Governor of Delaware and served from January 15, 1985 ~ January 20, 1989 - ( 1st Term )
  • "Shien Biau Woo" was elected as Delaware's 22nd Lt. Governor
  • Elected as the 76th Governor of Delaware and served from January 20, 1989 ~ December 31, 1992 - ( 2nd Term )
  • "Dale E. Wolf" was elected as Delaware's 23rd Lt. Governor
  • Elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Third and to the nine succeeding Congresses ( January 3, 1993 ~ January 3, 2011 )
  • Military Service: None

Home:
     Currently residing in Wilmington, De.


" Statewide Election Results "

( winner marked in bold  ~    *   =  incumbant )

  Year  
Office
Name
 Type Election 
Party
    Votes    
 Percent 
Opponent
Party
    Votes    
 Percent 
1980
Lt. Governor
 Michael N. Castle  
General
 Republican 
 128,827 
59%
 Thomas B. Sharp 
 Democratic 
 88,224 
40%
1984
Governor
 Michael N. Castle  
General
 Republican 
 135,250 
55%
 William T. Quillen 
 Democratic 
 108,315 
45%
1988
Governor
 Michael N. Castle* 
General
 Republican 
 169,733 
71%
 Jacob Kreshtool 
 Democratic 
 70,236 
29%
1992
 U.S. Representative 
 Michael N. Castle  
Primary
 Republican 
 18,377 
56%
 Janet C. Rzewnicki 
 Republican 
 9,812 
30%
1992
 U.S. Representative 
 Michael N. Castle  
General
 Republican 
 153,037 
55%
 Shien Biau Woo 
 Democratic 
 117,426 
43%
1994
 U.S. Representative 
 Michael N. Castle* 
General
 Republican 
 137,945 
71%
 Carol Ann DeSantis 
 Democratic 
 51,793 
27%
1996
 U.S. Representative 
 Michael N. Castle* 
General
 Republican 
 185,577 
70%
 Dennis E. Williams 
 Democratic 
 73,258 
27%
1998
 U.S. Representative 
 Michael N. Castle* 
General
 Republican 
 119,811 
66%
 Dennis E. Williams 
 Democratic 
 57,446 
32%
2000
 U.S. Representative 
 Michael N. Castle* 
General
 Republican 
 211,797 
68%
 Michael C. Miller 
 Democratic 
 96,488 
31%
2002
 U.S. Representative 
 Michael N. Castle* 
General
 Republican 
 164,605 
72%
 Michael C. Miller 
 Democratic 
 61,011 
27%
2004
 U.S. Representative 
 Michael N. Castle* 
General
 Republican 
 245,978 
69%
 Paul Donnelly 
 Democratic 
 105,716 
30%
2006
 U.S. Representative 
 Michael N. Castle* 
General
 Republican 
 143,897 
57%
 Dennis Spivack 
 Democratic 
 97,555 
39%
2008
 U.S. Representative 
 Michael N. Castle* 
General
 Republican 
 235,419 
61%
 Karen Hartley-Nagle 
 Democratic 
 146,399 
38%
2010
 U.S. Senator 
 Michael N. Castle  
Primary
 Republican 
 27,021 
46.9%
 Christine O'Donnell 
 Republican 
 30,561 
53.1%




      
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:

  • Elected as Delaware's "23rd Lieutenant Governor" under "Governor Mike Castle" and served from January 20, 1989 to December 31, 1992
  • Sworn into office as Delaware's 77th Governor after the resignation of "Governor Mike Castle" to become Delaware's U.S. Representative and served from December 31, 1992 to January 19, 1993 - ( 20 days )
  • Military Service: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, World War II

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

Biography: ~ " Dale E. Wolf "


" Statewide Election Results "

( winner marked in bold  ~    *   =  incumbant )

  Year  
Office
Name
 Type Election 
Party
    Votes    
%
Opponent
Party
    Votes    
%
1970
 Lt. Governor 
 Dale E. Wolf 
General
 Republican 
 128,144 
 54% 
 Gary E. Hindes 
 Democratic 
 111,240 
 46% 



      
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 - 3rd 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 13 times, more than anyone in Delaware History!
  • First Delaware State Treasurer elected for a 4 year term ~ previously it was for 2 years
  • Resigned office during end of 2nd term to accept United States Senate seat
  • Years of Elected Service to Delaware: " 44 " - ( as of 2015 )
  • Currently 68 years old

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

Parents:
     Wallace Richard Carper & Mary Jean Patton Carper

Married:
     Diane Beverly Isaacs ~ in 1978 ~ ( Divorced in 1983 )
          Their Children: ( None )

     Martha Ann Stacy Carper ~ 1985
          Their Children:
          Christopher Carper
          Benjamin Carper

Facts about his life:

  • Attended public schools; graduated, Whetstone High School, Columbus, Ohio 1964; B.A., Ohio State University, Columbus 1968; University of Delaware, Newark, M.B.A. 1975
  • Served in the United States Navy 1968-1973, Flight Officer, U.S. Navy, Vietnam
  • Served in the Naval Reserve, Captain, retired
  • Served as the Delaware State Treasurer (1976-1983)
  • Elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-eighth and to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1983 - January 3, 1993)
  • Elected as the 78th Governor of Delaware by defeating B. Gary Scott and served from January 19, 1993 to January 20, 1997 - ( 1st Term )
  • "Ruth Ann Minner" was elected as Delaware's 24th Lt. Governor
  • Elected as the 79th Governor of Delaware by defeating State Treasurer Janet C. Rzewnicki and served from January 20, 1997 to January 3, 2001 - ( 2nd Term )
  • "Ruth Ann Minner" was elected as Delaware's 25th Lt. Governor
  • Elected to the United States Senate in 2000, 2006, and again in 2012 for term ending January 3, 2018

Home:
     Wilmington, Delaware

"Click Here" for a Biography for Senator Carper

"Click Here" to go to Senator Carper's Home Page


" Statewide Election Results "

( winner marked in bold  ~    *   =  incumbant )

  Year  
 Type Election 
Office
Name
Party
    Votes    
 Percent 
Opponent
Party
    Votes    
 Percent 
1976
General
State Treasurer
 Thomas R. Carper  
 Democratic 
 118,159 
56%
 T. Theodore Jones 
 Republican 
 92,472 
43%
1978
General
State Treasurer
 Thomas R. Carper* 
 Democratic 
 91,809 
59%
 Rita Justice 
 Republican 
 63,011 
40%
1980
General
State Treasurer
 Thomas R. Carper* 
 Democratic 
 125,204 
59%
 Lynn Jankus 
 Republican 
 83,446 
40%
1982
General
 U.S. Representative 
 Thomas R. Carper  
 Democratic 
 98,533 
52%
  Thomas B. Evans, Jr.*  
 Republican 
 87,153 
46%
1984
General
 U.S. Representative 
 Thomas R. Carper* 
 Democratic 
 142,070 
58%
 Elise R. W. du Pont 
 Republican 
 100,650 
41%
1986
General
 U.S. Representative 
 Thomas R. Carper* 
 Democratic 
 106,351 
66%
 Thomas S. Neuberger 
 Republican 
 53,767 
33%
1988
General
 U.S. Representative 
 Thomas R. Carper* 
 Democratic 
 158,338 
68%
 James P. Krapf 
 Republican 
 76,179 
32%
1990
" Primary "
 U.S. Representative 
 Thomas R. Carper* 
 Democratic 
 24,557 
90%
 Daniel D. Rappa 
 Democratic 
 2,676 
10%
1990
General
 U.S. Representative 
 Thomas R. Carper* 
 Democratic 
 116,274 
66%
 Ralph O. Williams 
 Republican 
 58,037 
33%
1992
" Primary "
 Governor 
 Thomas R. Carper  
 Democratic 
 36,600 
89%
 Daniel D. Rappa 
 Democratic 
 4,434 
11%
1992
General
 Governor 
 Thomas R. Carper  
 Democratic 
 179,268 
66%
 B. Gary Scott 
 Republican 
 90,747 
34%
1996
General
 Governor 
 Thomas R. Carper* 
 Democratic 
 188,300 
70%
 Janet C. Rzewnicki 
 Republican 
 82,654 
30%
2000
General
 U.S. Senator 
 Thomas R. Carper  
 Democratic 
 181,566 
56%
   William V. Roth, Jr.* 
 Republican 
 142,891 
44%
2006
General
 U.S. Senator 
 Thomas R. Carper* 
 Democratic 
 170,567 
70%
 Jan C. Ting 
 Republican 
 69,734 
29%
2012
General
 U.S. Senator 
 Thomas R. Carper* 
 Democratic 
 265,374 
66%
 Kevin Wade 
 Republican 
 115,694 
29%




      
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:

  • Worked as a receptionist in "Governor Tribbitt's" office, he convinced her to run for public office.
  • 1st woman elected as Delaware's Lieutenant Governor
  • 2nd Lt. Governor to serve two consecutive terms in office
  • 1st woman elected as Delaware's Governor
  • 2nd Governor to reside fulltime at "Woodburn"
  • 4th Lieutenant Governor to be later elected as Governor
  • Years of Elected Service to Delaware: " 36 "
  • Currently 80 years old

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.


" Statewide Election Results "

( winner marked in bold  ~    *   =  incumbant )

  Year  
 Type Election 
Office
Name
Party
    Votes    
 Percent 
Opponent
Party
    Votes    
 Percent 
1992
General
 Lt. Governor  
 Ruth Ann Minner  
 Democratic 
 165,356 
61%
 Philip D. Cloutier 
 Republican 
 102,670 
38%
1996
General
 Lt. Governor 
 Ruth Ann Minner* 
 Democratic 
 186,567 
70%
 Sherman N. Miller 
 Republican 
 73,870 
28%
2000
General
 Governor 
 Ruth Ann Minner  
 Democratic 
 191,484 
60%
 John M. Burris 
 Republican 
 128,436 
40%
2004
General
 Governor 
 Ruth Ann Minner* 
 Democratic 
 185,687 
51%
 William Swain Lee 
 Republican 
 167,115 
46%





( 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:

  • Has an undergraduate degree in economics and development studies from Brown University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
  • Served as the Delaware State Treasurer - (1998 - 2008)
  • Elected as the 82nd Governor of Delaware by defeating Republican William Lee ( 266,858 - 67.5% to 126,660 - 32.0%) and will serve from January 20, 2009 to January, 2013
  • Elected as the 83rd Governor of Delaware by defeating Republican Jeffrey E. Cragg ( 275,991 - 69.3% to 113,792 - 28.6%) and will serve from January, 2013 to January, 2017
  • "Matthew Denn" was elected as Delaware's 28th Lt. Governor
  • "Matthew Denn" was elected as Delaware's 29th Lt. Governor
  • Military Service: Unknown

Home:
      Newark, Delaware

"Click Here" for a Biography of Governor Jack Markell


" Statewide Election Results "

( winner marked in bold  ~    *   =  incumbant )

  Year  
 Type Election 
Office
Name
Party
    Votes    
 Percent 
Opponent
Party
    Votes    
 Percent 
1998
General
 Treasurer  
 Jack A. Markell  
 Democratic 
 103,407 
58%
 Janet C. Rzewnicki 
 Republican 
 74,633 
42%
2002
General
 Treasurer  
 Jack A. Markell* 
 Democratic 
 147,390 
66%
 Ronald G. Poliquin 
 Republican 
 75,344 
34%
2006
General
 Treasurer  
 Jack A. Markell* 
 Democratic 
 147,382 
70.5%
 Esthelda R. Parker-Selby 
 Republican 
 73,003 
29.5%
2008
" Primary "
 Governor  
 Jack A. Markell  
 Democratic 
 37,849 
51.2%
 John Carney 
 Democratic 
 36,112 
48.8%
2008
General
 Governor  
 Jack A. Markell  
 Democratic 
 266,858 
67.5%
 William Swain Lee 
 Republican 
 126,660 
32%
2012
General
 Governor  
 Jack A. Markell* 
 Democratic 
 275,991 
69.1%
 Jeff Cragg 
 Republican 
 113,792 
28.6%




   Portrait of the Markell Family   

 " The Markell Family " 
( Official State Portrait )




      

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Last update: Sunday, November 11, 2012