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      The information presented here has been researched and compiled by myself and is not in any way to be considered an " official version " presented by the Government of the State of Delaware.  Any question or comments concerning its content should be directed to me via email by "Clicking Here".

      There are multiple lists below for you to view:  The first list displays a heading and each governor in order by date of office.  If you click on the "heading" for each group it will display all Governors from that time period.  However you can also click on a Governor's name below the heading and get a quick link to each individual should you choose to only read about certain Governors.  Below these listings are other multiple lists that I hope you enjoy.

      There are also "multiple" links (highlighted in "blue") on almost each Governor's individual record that will provide you with even more information on them.

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Last Governor To Pass Away:


   Portrait of Gov. Buckson   

" Dave Buckson "



( July 25, 1920   ~   January 17, 2017 )

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including portraits, photos, biographical info, family info,
other political offices served, election results, military records,
and more for:

" All Governors who served from 1777 throught 1801 "

" Or "

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Governor's Name
Click on below name for their
detailed records or in the right hand column.
Governor
Number
Residence /
Political Party
Served From:
Served To:
For a Detailed
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The first 10 individuals elected were titled " President "
and were elected to a " one year " term ...

  


1st
President

( 1st Governor )


Wilmington
" None "

February 12, 1777
September 3, 1777
Became
A British POW
  


2nd
President

( 2nd Governor )


Wilmington
" None "

September 22, 1777
Assumed Term
October 20, 1777
Resigned
From Office
  

3rd
President

( 3rd Governor )
New Castle
" None "
October 20, 1777
Assumed Term
March 31, 1778
  

4th
President

( 4th Governor )
Dover
" None "
March 31, 1778
November 6, 1781
  

5th
President

( 5th Governor )
Dover
" None "
November 13, 1781
November 4, 1782
Resigned
From Office
  

6th
President

( 6th Governor )
Smyrna
" None "
November 4, 1782
Assumed Term
February 1, 1783
  

7th
President

( 7th Governor )
New Castle
" None "
February 1, 1783
October 27, 1786
  

8th
President

( 8th Governor )
Smyrna
" None "
October 28, 1786
March 29, 1789
1st to
Die In Office
  

9th
President

( 9th Governor )
Milford
" None "
March 29, 1789
Assumed Term
June 2, 1789
  

10th
President

" 1st Term "
Mt. Pleasant
" Federalist "
June 2, 1789
January 15, 1793

In 1792 when Delaware's new Constitution was put in place
three things changed for the Office:
The office title was changed to " Governor ",
No individual would be allowed to succeed themselves or be immediately re-elected,
and a term limit of three (3) years was put into place.

  

10th
Governor

" 2nd Term "
Mt. Pleasant
" Federalist "
January 15, 1793
January 19, 1796
  

11th
Governor
New Castle
" Federalist "
January 19, 1796
September 28, 1797
2nd to
Die In Office
  

12th
Governor
Milford
" Federalist "
September 28, 1797
Assumed Term
January 15, 1799
  

13th
Governor
Dover
" Federalist "
January 15, 1799
February 20, 1801
Resigned
From Office


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other political offices served, election results, military records,
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" All Governors who served from 1801 throught 1851 "

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Governor's Name
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Governor
Number
Residence /
Political Party
Served From:
Served To:
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14th
Governor
Dover
Federalist
March 4, 1801
Assumed Term
January 19, 1802
  

15th
Governor
Dover
Democrat-
Republican
January 19, 1802
January 15, 1805
  

16th
Governor
Dover
Federalist
January 15, 1805
January 19, 1808
  

17th
Governor
Felton
Federalist
January 19, 1808
January 15, 1811
  

    " Was also the 24th Governor ! "

18th
Governor
Milford
Democrat-
Republican
January 15, 1811
January 18, 1814
  

19th
Governor
Milford
Federalist
January 18, 1814
January 21, 1817
  

20th
Governor
Smyrna
Federalist
January 21, 1817
January 15, 1820
  

Elected
But
Didn't Serve
Dover
Federalist
Elected
1819
November 11, 1819
Died Before
Taking Office
  

21st
Governor
Dover
Federalist
January 18, 1820
Elected for
1 Year Term
January 16, 1821
  

22nd
Governor
Laurel
Democrat-
Republican
January 16, 1821
April 16, 1822
3rd to
Die In Office
  

23rd
Governor
Lewes
Federalist
April 23, 1822
Assumed Term
January 21, 1823
  

    " Was also the 18th Governor ! "

24th
Governor
Milford
Democrat-
Republican
January 21, 1823
June 20, 1823
4th to
Die In Office
  

25th
Governor
New Castle
Democrat
June 24, 1823
Assumed Term
January 20, 1824
  

26th
Governor
Lewes
Federalist
January 20, 1824
January 16, 1827
  

    " Was also the 30th Governor "

27th
Governor
Dover
Federalist
January 16, 1827
January 19, 1830
  

28th
Governor
Milton
American-
Republican
January 19, 1830
January 15, 1833

In November, 1831 the Governor's term was changed
from three (3) years to four (4) years.
Also, the Governor could now " never be reelected " ...

  

      1st Governor to be elected
      to a four year term.

29th
Governor
Wilmington
Democrat
January 15, 1833
May 9, 1836
5th to
Die In Office
  

    " Was also the 27th Governor "

30th
Governor
Dover
Federalist
May 9, 1836
Assumed Term
January 17, 1837
  

31st
Governor
Dover
Whig
January 17, 1837
January 19, 1841
  

32nd
Governor
Laurel
Whig
January 19, 1841
January 21, 1845
  

33rd
Governor
New Castle
Whig
January 21, 1845
March 2, 1846
6th to
Die In Office
  

34th
Governor
Lewes
Whig
March 2, 1846
Assumed Term
May 3, 1846
7th to
Die In Office
  

35th
Governor
Smyrna
Whig
May 6, 1846
Assumed Term
January 19, 1847
  

36th
Governor
Milford
Democrat
January 19, 1847
January 21, 1851


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other political offices served, election results, military records,
and more for:

" All Governors who served from 1851 throught 1901 "

" Or "

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Governor's Name
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detailed records or in the right hand column.
Governor
Number
Residence /
Political Party
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Served To:
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37th
Governor


Seaford
Democrat

January 21, 1851
January 16, 1855
  


38th
Governor


Milford
American

January 16, 1855
January 18, 1859
  


39th
Governor


Milford
Democrat

January 18, 1859
January 20, 1863
  


40th
Governor


Bridgeville
Republican

January 20, 1863
March 1, 1865
8th to
Die In Office
  


41st
Governor


Dover
Democrat

March 1, 1865
Assumed Term
Elected to Term
January 17, 1871
  


42nd
Governor


Milton
Democrat

January 17, 1871
January 19, 1875
  


43rd
Governor


Middletown
Democrat

January 19, 1875
January 21, 1879
  


44th
Governor


Frederica
Democrat

January 21, 1879
January 16, 1883
  


45th
Governor


Georgetown
Democrat

January 16, 1883
January 18, 1887
  


46th
Governor


Middletown
Democrat

January 18, 1887
January 20, 1891
  


47th
Governor


Petersburg
Democrat

January 20, 1891
January 15, 1895
  

    " Last Governor to die while in office "


48th
Governor


Laurel
Republican

January 15, 1895
April 8, 1895
9th to
Die In Office
  


49th
Governor


Milford
Democrat

April 8, 1895
Assumed Term
January 19, 1897

During Governor William T. Watson's term,
due to the death of Governor Joshua H. Marvil,
it was decided by the General Assembly to re-elect the office of Governor in 1896
to coincide with the election of the U.S. President !

The Delaware Constitution of 1897 was also modified to allow
the Governor to be able to serve two terms !

  


50th
Governor


Lewes
Democrat

January 19, 1897
January 15, 1901



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Governor's Name
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51st
Governor


Wyoming
Republican

January 15,1901
January 17, 1905
  


52nd
Governor


New Castle
Republican

January 17, 1905
January 19, 1909
  


53rd
Governor


Bridgeville
Republican

January 19, 1909
January 21, 1913
  


54th
Governor


Wilmington
Republican

January 21, 1913
January 16, 1917
  


55th
Governor


Selbyville
Republican

January 16, 1917
January 18, 1921
  


56th
Governor


Dover
Republican

January 18, 1921
January 20, 1925
  


57th
Governor


Wilmington
Republican

January 20, 1925
January 15, 1929
  

    " 1st Governor to be elected to a 2nd Term ! "


58th
Governor


New Castle
Republican

January 15, 1929
January 19, 1937
  


59th
Governor


Wilmington
Democrat

January 19, 1937
January 21, 1941
  

    " Served two Terms ! "


60th
Governor


Wilmington
Democrat

January 21, 1941
January 18, 1949



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    " Also served as 64th Governor ! "


61st
Governor


Laurel
Democrat

January 18, 1949
January 20, 1953
  

    " Served two terms ! "


62nd
Governor


Wilmington
Republican

January 20, 1953
December 30, 1960
Resigned
From Office
  

    " Served for 19 days ! "


63rd
Governor


Camden
Republican

December 30, 1960
January 17, 1961
  

    " Also served as 61st Governor ! "


64th
Governor


Laurel
Democrat

January 17, 1961
January 19, 1965
  


65th
Governor


Dover
Democrat

January 19, 1965
January 21, 1969
  


66th
Governor


Wilmington
Republican

January 21, 1969
January 16, 1973
  


67th
Governor


Odessa
Democrat

January 16, 1973
January 18, 1977
  

    " Served two terms ! "


68th
Governor


Wilmington
Republican

January 18, 1977
January 15, 1985
  

    " Served two terms ! "


69th
Governor


Wilmington
Republican

January 15, 1985
December 31, 1992
Resigned
From Office
  

    " Served for 20 days ! "


70th
Governor


Wilmington
Republican

December 31, 1992
January 19, 1993
  

    " Served two terms ! "


71st
Governor


Wilmington
Democrat

January 19, 1993
January 3, 2001
Resigned
From Office



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    " Served two terms ! "


72nd
Governor


Milford
Democrat

January 3, 2001
January 20, 2009
  

    " Served two terms ! "


73rd
Governor


Newark
Democrat

January 20, 2009
January 17, 2017
  


74th
Governor


Wilmington
Democrat

January 17, 2017
" Present "



( " Click on each Governor's individual name below for detailed information on them " )

John McKinly        ~ Only Governor born in a Foreign Country.
Henry Molleston        ( Only Governor to die before taking oath of office )
Joseph Haslet        ( Only individual to run for Governor four times )
Joshua H. Marvil        ( Last Governor to die in office )
Caleb P. Bennett        ( Oldest Governor to be inaugurated - Age 74 )
Elbert N. Carvel        ( Oldest surviving Governor - Currently 93 years old )
William Temple        ( Youngest Governor to serve in office - Age 31 )
William Ross        ( Youngest Governor elected to office - Age 36 )
  
Thomas Collins        ( 1st Governor to pass away while in office )
John Davis        ( 1st Governor to assume the Governor's office after a death )
Caesar Rodney        ( 1st Governor to serve longer than 7 months )
Caesar Rodney        ( 1st Governor to be born in Delaware )
Joshua Clayton        ( 1st Governor elected by popular vote )
Joseph Haslet        ( 1st Governor to serve a non-consecutive 2nd term )
John Collins        ( 1st Governor that held no previous political office )
Caleb P. Bennett        ( 1st Governor elected to a 4 year term )
Cornelius P. Comegys        ( 1st Governor to serve a full 4 year term )
John Hunn        ( 1st Governor to have a Lt. Governor )
Charles R. Miller        ( 1st Governor to have a Lt. Governor of a different party )
Charles L. Terry, Jr.        ( 1st Governor to use "Woodburn" )
Sherman W. Tribbitt        ( 1st Governor to reside in "Woodburn" fulltime )
Ruth Ann Minner        ( 1st female Governor )
Caesar Rodney        ( 1st Governor from Kent County )
John McKinly        ( 1st Governor from New Castle County )
Daniel Rogers        ( 1st Governor from Sussex County )
Thomas McKean        ( 1st Speaker of the House to assume Governor's Office )
George Read, Sr.        ( 1st Speaker of the Senate to assume Governor's Office )


( " Click on each Governor's individual name below for detailed information on them " )

Thomas Collins        ( 1st - Passed away on March 29, 1789 )
Gunning Bedford, Sr.        ( 2nd - Passed away on September 28, 1797 )
John Collins        ( 3rd - Passed away on April 16, 1822 )
Joseph Haslet        ( 4th - Passed away on June 20, 1823 )
Caleb Prew Bennett        ( 5th - Passed away on July 11, 1836 )
Thomas Stockton        ( 6th - Passed away on March 2, 1846 )
Joseph Maull        ( 7th - Passed away on May 3, 1846 )
William Cannon        ( 8th - Passed away on March 1, 1865 )
Joshua Hopkins Marvil        ( 9th - Passed away on April 8, 1895 )


( " Click on each Governor's individual name below for detailed information on them " )

Joshua Clayton        ( 10th & 11th - June 2, 1789 to January 19, 1796 )
Gove Saulsbury        ( 42nd & 43rd - March 1, 1865 to January 17, 1871 - Assumed 1st term )
C. Douglass Buck        ( 60th & 61st - January 15, 1929 to January 19, 1937 )
Walter W. Bacon        ( 63rd & 64th - January 21, 1941 to January 18, 1949 )
J. Caleb Boggs        ( 66th & 67th- January 20, 1953 to December 30, 1960 )
Pierre S. du Pont        ( 73rd & 74th - January 18, 1977 to January 15, 1985 )
Michael N. Castle        ( 75th & 76th - January 15, 1985 to December 31, 1992 )
Thomas R. Carper        ( 78th & 79th - January 19, 1993 to January 3, 2001 )
Ruth Ann Minner        ( 80th & 81st - January 3, 2001 to January 20, 2009 )
Jack Markell        ( 82nd & 83rd - January 20, 2009 to present )


( " Click on each Governor's individual name below for detailed information on them " )

Joseph Haslet ( 19th Governor - January 15, 1811 to January 18, 1814 )
( 25th Governor - January 21, 1823 to June 20, 1823 )

Charles Polk ( 28th Governor - January 16, 1827 to January 19, 1830 )
( 31st Governor - July 11, 1836 to January 17, 1837 - Assumed Term of Gov. Caleb P. Bennett )

Elbert N. Carvel ( 65th Governor - January 18, 1949 to January 20, 1953 )
( 69th Governor - January 17, 1961 to January 19, 1965 )


( " Click on each Governor's individual name below for detailed information on them " )

|   Caesar Rodney   |   John Cook   |   Nicholas Van Dyke, Sr.   |   Thomas Collins   |

|   Gunning Bedford, Sr.   |   James Sykes   |   David Hall   |   Nathaniel Mitchell   |

|   George Truitt   |   Joseph Haslet   |   Daniel Rodney   |   John Clark   |

|   Henry Molleston   |   Jacob Stout   |   John Collins   |   Caleb Rodney   |

|   Charles Thomas   |   Samuel Paynter   |   Charles Polk   |   William Cooper   |

|   Thomas Stockton   |   Joseph Maull   |   William Tharp   |   William Ross   |

|   Peter F. Causey   |   William Burton   |   William Cannon   |   Gove Saulsbury   |

|   James Ponder   |   John P. Cochran   |   John Hall   |   Charles C. Stockley   |

|   Robert J. Reynolds   |   Joshua H. Marvil   |   William T. Watson   |

|   Ebe W. Tunnell   |   John Hunn   |   Preston Lea   |   Simon S. Pennewill   |

|   William Denney   |   Robert P. Robinson   |   C. Douglass Buck   |

|   Richard C. McMullen   |   Walter W. Bacon   |   J. Caleb Boggs   |

|   David P. Buckson   |   Charles L. Terry, Jr.   |   Pierre S. du Pont   |

|   Michael N. Castle   |   Ruth Ann Minner   |   Jack Markell   |


( " Click on each Governor's individual name below for detailed information on them " )

|   Caesar Rodney   |   John Cook   |   Thomas Collins   |   John Davis   |

|   Richard Bassett   |   James Sykes   |   George Truitt   |   Henry Molleston   |

|   Jacob Stout   |   Charles Polk   |   Cornelius Comegys   |   William Temple   |

|   William Tharp   |   Gove Saulsbury   |   John Hall   |   Robert J. Reynolds   |

|   William T. Watson   |   John Hunn   |   William Denney   |   David P. Buckson   |

|   Charles L. Terry, Jr.   |   Ruth Ann Minner   |


( " Click on each Governor's individual name below for detailed information on them " )

|   John McKinly   |   Thomas McKean   |   George Read, Sr.   |   John Dickinson   |

|   Nicholas Van Dyke, Sr.   |   Joshua Clayton   |   Gunning Bedford, Sr.   |

|   John Clark   |   Charles Thomas   |   Caleb P. Bennett   |   Thomas Stockton   |

|   John P. Cochran   |   Benjamin T. Biggs   |   Preston Lea   |   Charles R. Miller   |

|   Robert P. Robinson   |   C. Douglass Buck   |   Richard C. McMullen   |

|   Walter W. Bacon   |   J. Caleb Boggs   |   Russell W. Peterson   |

|   Sherman W. Tribbitt   |   Pierre S. du Pont   |   Michael N. Castle   |   Dale E. Wolf   |

|   Thomas R. Carper   |   Jack Markell   |




( " Click on each Governor's individual name below for detailed information on them " )

|   Daniel Rogers   |   David Hall   |   Nathaniel Mitchell   |   Joseph Haslet   |

|   Daniel Rodney   |   John Collins   |   Caleb Rodney   |   Samuel Paynter   |

|   Charles Polk|   David Hazzard   |   William Cooper   |   Joseph Maull   |

|   William Ross   |    Peter F. Causey   |   William Burton   |   William Cannon   |

|   James Ponder   |    Charles C. Stockley   |   Joshua H. Marvil   |   Ebe W. Tunnell   |

|   Simon S. Pennewill   |   John G. Townsend, Jr.   |   Elbert N. Carvel   |





            

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