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( February 12, 1777 - September 22, 1777 )


New Castle County

Age 55  ~  Physcian  ~  Presbyterian  ~  Brigadier General

Interesting Facts:


       Signature of John McKinly   
    " Signature of Gov. John McKinly "

      Only Governor to be born in a foreign country.

      1st Governor to be elected to office.

      1st Governor from New Castle County.

      Term cut short when captured and made a POW by the British Army during the Revolutionary War.

      Only Delaware Governor to held as a POW while in office.

Date & Place of Birth:
     February 21, 1721 - Northern Ireland

Parents:  Unknown

Married:
     Jane " Jenny " Richardson - in 1761 - ( b. 1725 - d. 1805 )

     Children:  None

Facts about his life:

      Moved to Wilmington, Delaware in 1742

      Lieutenant in the New Castle County Militia, 1747

      Major in the New Castle County Militia during French & Indian War

      Sheriff of New Castle County, 1757

      Served multiple years as Mayor of Wilmington, Delaware

      President of the Delaware Council of Safety, 1775

      Brigadier General of the New Castle County Militia, 1775

      Elected in 1771 to serve in the "Assembly of the Lower Three Counties Upon Delaware", serving until 1776

      Elected to Delaware's 1st General Assembly in 1776 and served as Speaker of the House

      Elected by the General Assembly as Delaware's 1st President ( "Governor" ) on February 12, 1777 receiving 19 of 23 votes

      Significant events during his term as Governor:

        Colonel John Haslet killed in the Battle of Princeton, NJ in January, 1777
        Battle of Cooch's Bridge, September 3, 1777
        Battle of the Brandywine, September, 1777
        The British took the Delaware Seal and many State Papers

      Captured by the British Army, September 22, 1777 and placed on the " HMS Roebuck " in the Delaware Bay as a POW

      He was transfered to the " HMS Solebay " and then later to Flatbush, New York

      He made many pleas and requests to " General Washington ", " General Howe ", and the " Delaware General Assembly " to help with his release ~ " without any success ".  To make matters worse he also was replaced as the Governor on September 22, 1777 by " Thomas McKean " while still a prisoner of the British.

      Paroled to Wilmington, Delaware in August 1778

      Chosen as a delegate to the U.S. Congress after the war but refused to serve

      Returned to medical practice until his passing

      One of the founders of the Delaware Medical Society in 1789

Date & place of death:
     August 21, 1796 - Wilmington, Delaware - Age 75

Place of burial:
     1st in the Presbyterian Churchyard, Wilmington, Delaware
     Re-interred in the Wilmington & Brandywine Cemetery, Wilmington, Delaware in 1922

Home(s):
     Northwest corner of 3rd & French Streets, Wilmington, Delaware (No Longer Standing)

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   Portrait of Gov. McKean   
( Official State Portrait )



( September 22, 1777 - October 20, 1777 - "Acting" )

( " Assumed Term of Gov. John McKinly after his capture by the British Army " )


( 1774 - 1776 and 1778 - 1782 )



House:

( October 28, 1776  ~  September 22, 1777 ~ 1st Term )
( October 20, 1778  ~  October 20, 1779 ~ 2nd Term )

New Castle County

Age 43 - Lawyer, Landowner ~ Presbyterian ~ Colonel

Interesting Facts:


       Portrait of Gov. McKean   

     " Thomas McKean "

      Served in office only 29 days.

      1st individual to assume the office of Governor.

      1st Speaker of the House to replace a Governor ~ Speaker George Read was not in the state at the time.

      1st Governor to resign as the Governor of Delaware ~ Resigned to take a Chief Justice position in Pennsylvania.

      Also served as Governor of Pennsylvania (1799-1808)

      Being an outspoken advocate of independence, McKean's was a key voice in persuading others to vote for a split with Great Britain.

      Signer of the Declaration of Independence

Date and Place of Birth:
     March 19, 1734 - New London, Pa.

Parents:
     William & Letitia Finney McKean

Married ~ ( Twice ~ 1st Marriage )
      ( Clicking on the highlighted names " below " show where they are interred with some photos )

     Mary Borden McKean ~ ( 1744 - 1773 ) ~ Married in 1763

     Children:
          Joseph Borden McKean ~ ( 1764 - 1826 )

        Robert McKean ~ ( 1766 - 1802 )
        Elizabeth McKean Pettit - ( 1767 - 1811 ~ Married Andrew Pettit )
        Letitia McKean - ( 1769-1845, married George Buchanan )
        Mary McKean - ( 1771-1781 )
        Anne McKean Buchanan - ( 1773-1804, married Andrew Buchanan )

Married ~ ( Twice ~ 2nd Marriage )
      ( Clicking on the highlighted names " below " show where they are interred with some photos )

     Sarah Armitage McKean ~ ( 1756 ~ 1820 ) ~ Married 2nd on September 2, 1774

     Children:
          Sarah McKean ~ ( July 8, 1777 ~ 1841, married Senor Don Carlos Martinez de Yrujo )
          Thomas McKean, Jr. ~ ( 1779 ~ 1852 )
          Sophia Dorothea McKean ~ ( 1783 ~ 1819 )
          Maria Louisa McKean ~ ( 1785 ~ 1788 )

Facts about his life:

      Was privately taught.

      Engaged as clerk to the Prothonotary of the Court of Common Pleas for two years

      Deputy Prothonotary and Register for the Probate of Wills for New Castle County, studying law at the same time.

      Admitted to the Delaware bar in 1755 and commenced practice in New Castle, Delaware.

      Appointed Deputy Attorney General for Sussex County in 1756 and served until 1758 when he resigned.

      Went to England and resumed the study of law at the Middle Temple in London.

      Member of the Stamp-Act Congress in 1765.

      Elected in 1767 to serve in the "Assembly of the Lower Three Counties Upon Delaware", serving until 1776. Served as Speaker of that body in 1772.

      Member of the Continental Congress for Delaware - 1774-1776, 1778-1782 and served as President of Congress in 1781.

      Elected to Delaware's 1st General Assembly and served in the Delaware State House of Representatives in 1776 and 1777 and served as speaker in the latter year.

      Assumed the office of President ( "Governor" ) of Delaware on September 22, 1777 due to the capture of " President John McKinly " and the absence of Speaker of the Senate " George Read, Sr. " from Delaware and served until October 20, 1777 when he resigned to take a Chief Justice position in Pennsylvania.

      Chief Justice of Pennsylvania 1777-1799.

      Served in the Revolutionary War.

      Member of the convention of Pennsylvania which ratified the Constitution of the United States December 12, 1787.

      Governor of Pennsylvania 1799-1808.

Date & place of death:
     June 24, 1817 - Philadelphia, Pa. - Age 83

Place of Burial:
     Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pa.

Home(s):
     New Castle, Delaware, exact location unknown

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Mary Borden McKean
( 1st wife of Thomas )


      

Sarah Armitage McKean
( 2nd wife of Thomas )


   Gov. McKean's Stone   
" Gov. McKean's Grave Site "



   Portrait of Gov. Read
( Official State Portrait )




( October 20, 1777 - March 31, 1778 - "Acting" )

( " Assumed Term of Gov. John McKinly from Thomas McKean after McKean's resignation " )



( 1774 - 1777 )



( March 4, 1789 - September 18, 1793 )



House:
( October 20, 1780  ~  October 20, 1782 )

Senate:
( October 20, 1782  ~  October 20, 1788 )

New Castle County

Age 44 - Lawyer - Episcopalian

Interesting Facts:


       Portrait of Gov. Read   

     " George Read, Sr. " 

      Served in office 5 months, 6 days.

      1st Speaker of the Senate to replace a Governor.

      Served as the British Crown Attorney General from October 20, 1763 ~ October 20, 1774.

      He was initially against independence from Great Britain which caused " Caesar Rodney " to make his historic ride from Dover to Philadelphia on July 1-2, 1776 to break the tie in the Delaware delegation in the vote for Independance.

      Signer of the U.S. Constitution representing Delaware.

      Signer of the Declaration of Independence.

      He was one of only two statesmen who signed " all three " of the great State papers on which the country's history is based: the original " Petition to the King " of the Congress of 1774, the " Declaration of Independence ", and the " Constitution of the United States ".

      Worked on the drafting of Delaware's Constitution.

Date and Place of Birth:
     September 18, 1733 - Cecil County, Md.

Parents:
     John and Mary Howell Read

Married: ~ Married in 1763
      ( Clicking on the highlighted names " below " show where they are interred with some photos )

     Gertrude Ross Read ~ She was the widow of a " Till " and sister of " George Ross " of Pennsylvania

     Children:
          John Read ~ died an infant
          George Read, Jr. ~ ( 1765 ~ 1836 )
          William Read ~ ( 1767 ~ 1846 )
          John Read ~ ( 1769 ~ 1854 )
          Mary Read Pearce ~ married Matthew Pearce

Facts about his life:

      Completed preparatory studies; studied law

      Admitted to the Delaware bar and began practice in New Castle, Delaware, in 1752

      Attorney General for lower Delaware, 1763-1774

      Elected in 1765 to serve in the Assembly of the Lower Three Counties Upon the Delaware

      Elected in 1768 to again serve in the "Assembly of the Lower Three Counties Upon Delaware", serving until 1776

      Member of the Continental Congress from Delaware - 1774-1777

      President of the Delaware State Constitutional Convention in 1776

      Elected to the 1st General Assembly of Delaware in 1776 and served in the State Senate. Was named Speaker of Senate in both 1776 and 1777

      Assumed the office of President ( "Governor" ) of Delaware on October 20, 1777 due to the resignation of "President Thomas McKean" and served until March 31, 1778 when another election was held

      Served as in the Delaware State House of Representatives 1779-1780

      Judge of the United States Court of Appeals in admiralty cases 1782

      Representative at the Annapolis convention 1786

      Delegate from Delaware to the Federal Constitutional Convention

      Elected to the United States Senate in 1789, reelected in 1790, and served from March 4, 1789, to September 18, 1793, when he resigned, having been appointed Chief Justice of Delaware

      Chief Justice of Delaware, 1793-1798

Date & place of death:
     September 21, 1798 - New Castle, Delaware - Age 65

Place of burial:
     Immanuel Church Cemetery, New Castle, Delaware

Home(s):
     On the Strand in New Castle, Delaware
     (No longer standing, site currently the gardens of the George Read, II home)

To view " Governor Read's " Burial / Headstone site:
                  

To view a short biography of " Governor Read " :
                  

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   Gov. Read's Stone   
" Gov. Read's Grave Site "



( March 31, 1778 - November 6, 1781 )


( 1774 ~ 1776 & 1782 ~ 1783 )


Kent County

Age 49 ~ Lawyer, Planter ~ Episcopalian ~ Brigadier General

Interesting Facts:

      Suffered from face cancer which is why there is no known portrait of him ... a man once wanted to paint a portrait of him and said that he would leave the cancer growth out ... Caesar replyed, " Then it wouldn't look like me would it. "

      1st Governor to server longer than 7 months in office ~ ( 3 years & 8 months )

      1st Governor from Kent County

      1st Governor born in Delaware

      1st Governor to be elected as a Bachelor

      2nd Governor to be elected to office

      Signer of the Declaration of Independence

      There is no known portrait of Caesar Rodney

      Brother of " Congressman Thomas Rodney "

      Uncle of " Senator Caesar Augustus Rodney "

      Cousin of " Congressman George Brydges Rodney "


       Caesar Rodney Statue   
    " Caesar Rodney Statue "
    in the U.S. Capitol Building

Date and Place of Birth:
     October 7, 1728 - Dover, Delaware

Parents:
     Caesar and Mary Crawford Rodney

Married:
     Never married
     Children:
          None

Facts about his life:

      Completed preparatory studies

      Engaged in agricultural pursuits

      High Sheriff of Kent County 1755-1758

      Justice of the Peace

      Judge of all Lower Courts

      Captain in the Kent County Militia in 1756

      Superintendent of the printing of Delaware currency in 1759

      Elected in 1762 to serve in the "Assembly of the Lower Three Counties Upon Delaware" and served until 1769

      Superintendent of the loan office in 1769

      Associate Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court 1769-1777

      Member of the Continental Congress from Delaware 1774-1776

      Served in the Revolutionary Army as a Brigadier General

      Elected by the General Assembly as the 4th President ( "Governor" ) of Delaware on March 31, 1778 receiving 20 of 24 votes and served until November 6, 1781

      Elected to the Continental Congress from Delaware in 1782 and 1783 but did not serve due to health (cancer)

      There is no known portrait of Caesar Rodney ... The statue above ( In the U.S. Capital ) is only an artist impression of what he may have looked like.

Date and place of passing:
     June 25, 1784 - Dover, Delaware - Age 56

Place of burial:
     Byfield Family Plot, Dover, Delaware ( exact grave unmarked, unknown )
     A monument in his honor was placed at Christ Episcopal Church, Dover, Delaware

Home(s):
     Poplar Grove
     (No longer standing, site in the vicinity of Moore's Lake, Dover, Delaware)

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   Gov. Rodney's Monument   
"Gov. Rodney's Monument "
( 2003 - Photo by Russ Pickett )



( November 13, 1781 ~ November 4, 1782 )


( 1779 )


New Castle County

Age 49 ~ Lawyer, Landowner ~ Quaker ~ Brigadier General

Interesting Facts:


       Portrait of Gov. Dickinson   

     " John Dickinson " 
    ( Official State Portrait )

      3rd Governor to be elected to office.

      Received "one" negative vote in the Delaware State Senate to become Governor of Delaware ~ the negative vote was his own.

      Resigned office to become Governor of Pennsylvania.

      Signer of the U.S. Constitution representing Delaware.

      Was known as the " Penman of the Revolution " for his twelve Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania.

      Was given the rank of " Brigadier General " in the Pennsylvania militia, known as the Associators.  He led 10,000 soldiers to Elizabeth, New Jersey, to protect that area against British attack from Staten Island.

      Brother of "Continental Congressman Philemon Dickinson"

Date and Place of Birth:
     November 13, 1732 ~ On his father's estate, " Crosiadore ", near Trappe, Talbot County, Md.

Parents:
     Samuel & Mary Cadwalader Dickinson

Married: ~ in 1770
      ( Clicking on the highlighted names " below " show where they are interred with some photos )

     Mary Norris Dickinson ~ ( 1740 ~ 1803 )

     Children:
          Sarah " Sally " Norris Dickinson ~ never married
          Maria Mary Dickinson

Facts about his life:

      Moved with his parents in 1740 to Dover, Delaware

      Studied under a private teacher; studied law in Philadelphia and at the Middle Temple in London

      Admitted to the bar in 1757 and commenced practice in Philadelphia, Pa.

      Elected in 1759 to serve in the "Assembly of the Lower Three Counties Upon Delaware" and served until 1760

      Served in the Pennsylvania Assembly in 1762 and 1764

      Delegate to the Stamp Act Congress in 1765

      Member from Pennsylvania to the Continental Congress 1774-1776

      Member from Delaware to the Continental Congress 1779

      Brigadier General of Pennsylvania Militia

      Served in the Delaware State Senate in 1781

      Elected by the Delaware General Assembly as the 5th President ( "Governor" ) of Delaware receiving 25 of 26 votes (his vote being the only negative vote) and served from November 13, 1781 until November 4, 1782 when he resigned to become President (Governor) of Pennsylvania

      Returned to Philadelphia and served as President of Pennsylvania 1782-1785

      Returned to Delaware; was a member of the Federal convention of 1787 which framed the Constitution and was one of the signers from Delaware

Date and place of passing:
     February 14, 1808 - Wilmington, Delaware - Age 75

Place of burial:
     Quaker Meeting House, Wilmington, Delaware

Home(s):
     Northwest corner of 8th and Market Street, Wilmington, Delaware (No longer standing)

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   Gov. Dickinson's Stone   
"Gov. Dickinson's Grave Site "




( November 4, 1782 - February 1, 1783 )

( " Assumed Term of Gov. John Dickinson upon his resignation " )

Kent County

Age 52 ~ Farmer, Landowner ~ Episcopalian

Interesting Facts:

Date and Place of Birth:
     1730 - Smyrna, Delaware

Parents:
     John & Margaret (_____) Cook

Married:

     Elizabeth Collins Cook
          Sister of " Governor Thomas Collins " ~ she was also her husband's 1st cousin.

     Children:
          Elizabeth Cook Cloak ~ ( 1764 ~ 1847 ~ Married Ebenezer Cloak )
          Sarah Cook Clark ~ ( 1769 ~ 1790 ~ Married Delaware's 20th Governor " John Clark " )
            Margaret Cook Peterson - married Israel Peterson
            Michael Cook
           Robert Cook

Facts about his life:

      Sheriff of Kent County prior to the Revolutionary War

      Served in Delaware's 1st General Assembly in the House from 1776-1779

      Appointed Associated Justice of the State of Delaware Court in 1777

      Served in the Delaware State Senate - 1780-1783 - Speaker of the Senate in 1783

      Assumed the office of President ( "Governor" ) on November 4, 1782 due to being the Speaker of the Senate after "Governor John Dickinson" resigned and served until February 1, 1783

      Military Service: None

Date and place of passing:
     October 27, 1789 - Smyrna, Delaware - Age 59

Place of burial:
     St. Peters Cemetery, Smyrna, Delaware (Unmarked grave)

Home(s):
     Route 13, across the street and west of " Belmont Hall " ( No Longer Standing )

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To view " Governor Cook's " Burial / Headstone site:
                  



( February 1, 1783 - October 27, 1786 )


( 1777 - 1781 )

New Castle County

Age 44 ~ Lawyer ~ Episcopalian

Interesting Facts:

Date and Place of Birth:
     September 25, 1738 - Near Delaware City, Delaware

Parents:
     Nicholas & Rachael Allee Van Dyke - (originally of Flatbush, Long Island, N.Y.)

Married: ~ ( Twice ~ 1st Marriage )

     Elizabeth Nixon - ( ?? - 1767 )
     Children:
          Rachael - mother & daughter died in 1767

Married (2nd):
     Charlotte Stanley - ( 1747 - 1807 )
     Children:
          Nancy Ann - married Kensey Johns, Sr.
          Mary - ( ??-1831 )
          Nicholas, Jr. - ( 1769-1826 ) - became a "U.S. Senator"
          Henry - Died at sea in the U.S. Navy

Facts about his life:

  • Studied law in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Admitted to the bar in 1765 and commenced practice in New Castle County, Delaware
  • Delegate to the Delaware State Constitutional Convention in July 1776
  • Elected a member of the Council of Delaware in 1777, serving as speaker in 1779
  • Appointed Judge of Admiralty February 21, 1777
  • Member of the Continental Congress for Delaware - 1777-1781
  • Elected by the General Assembly as the 7th President ( "Governor" ) of Delaware by defeating past Governor "John McKinly" and receiving 18 of 30 votes. Served from February 1, 1783 to October 27, 1786

  • Military Service: None

Date and place of passing:
     February 19, 1789 - Near Delaware City, Delaware - Age 49

Place of burial:
     Immanual Church Cemetery, New Castle, Delaware

Home(s):
     "Amstel House", 4th & Delaware Streets, New Castle, Delaware
     "Click Here" to visit the Amstel House Website

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



( October 28, 1786 - March 29, 1789 )

Kent County

Age 53 ~ Lawyer, Landowner ~ Episcopalian

Interesting Facts:


          
    " Gov. Collin's Signature "

  • 1st Governor to die in Office
  • Was the only Governor to be elected Unanimously
  • He organized and maintained at his own expense a brigade during the Revolutionary War
  • Was Governor during the ratification of the U.S. Constitution by Delaware in 1787
  • There is no known portrait of Thomas Collins
  • 5th Governor to be elected to office
  • A State Office Building currently in use was named in his honor. It is located at 540 South DuPont Highway (U.S. Route 13) in Dover, Delaware.
  • Brother-In-Law of "Governor John Cook"

Date and Place of Birth:
     1732 - Near Smyrna, Delaware

Parents:
     Unknown

Married:
     Sarah _____
     Children:
          William - Later became a Doctor
          Elizabeth - married a Denny
          Mary - ( 1765-1795 ) - married Joseph Barker - "View Her Online Memorial"
          Sarah

Facts about his life:

  • Served as Sheriff of Kent County in 1764
  • Member of the Assembly of the Lower Three Counties from 1767-1769, 1772, 1775-1776
  • Elected to Delaware's 1st General Assembly (1776-1781 - Speaker of Senate in 1778 and 1780-1781)
  • Judge of the Common Pleas Court in 1782
  • Elected unanimously by the Delaware General Assembly as the 8th President ( "Governor" ) of Delaware and served from October 28, 1786 until his death on March 29, 1789
  • Military Service: Brigadier General of Kent County Militia during the Revolutionary War

Date and place of passing:
     March 29, 1789 - Near Smyrna, Delaware - Age 57

Place of burial:
     Collins Family Cemetery
     Re-interred: Saint Peter's Cemetery, Smyrna, Delaware - 1970

Home(s):
     "Belmont Hall", Route 13, just south of Smyrna, Delaware
     (Now a State Conference Center)

"Click Here" for a Biography of Thomas Collins
"Click Here" for Governor Collin's "Find A Grave" record


   Gov. Collins's Home - Belmont Hall   
" Gov. Collin's Home "
( Belmont Hall )


   Gov. Collins's Grave - St. Peter's, Smyrna, De.   
" Gov. Collin's Grave Site "
( 2004 - Photo by Russ Pickett )



( March 29, 1789 - June 2, 1789 )

( " Assumed Term of Gov. Thomas Collins upon his death " )

Kent County

Age 50 ~ Farmer ~ Episcopalian

Interesting Facts:

  • 1st individual to assume the office following the death of a Governor
  • 2nd Speaker of the House to replace a Governor (Speaker of the Senate was vacant)
  • His grave has been paved over by a road without his removal
  • There is no known portrait of John Davis

Date and Place of Birth:
     1738 - Worcester County, Maryland

Parents:
     Thomas & _____ Davis

Married (1st):
     Rhoda Laws - in Laurel, Delaware
     Children:
          Isaac - ( 1765-1866 ) - Judge, Delaware State Senator and Representative
          John - ( 1775 - ?? ) - Married Betsy Hill
          Henry - married Lallie Hill
          Sarah - ( 1769-1790 ) - married John Clark
          Rhoda - married Robert Hill
          Nancy - married a Hazzard
          Joshua - Died Young
          William - Died Young

Married (2nd):
     Sarah Douglas
     Children:
          None

Facts about his life:

  • Moved to Laurel, Delaware
  • Moved to a farm in Milford, Delaware after marriage
  • Served in the Local Militia during Revolutionary War (rank unknown)
  • Served in the Delaware House of Representatives (1776-1789)
  • Justice of the Peace (1777-1791)
  • Speaker of the Delaware House of Representatives in 1789
  • Assumed the office of President ( "Governor" ) of Delaware after the death of "Governor Thomas Collins" and due to there being no Speaker of the Senate
  • Court of Common Pleas Judge (1789-1792)
  • Justice of the Peace (1793 until his death)

Date and place of passing:
     1801 - Near Milford, Delaware - Age 63

Place of burial:
     Savannah (Christ's) Church near Milford, Delaware
     (cemetery has been paved over)

Home(s)
     "McSparren", 3 miles west of Milford, Delaware
     (No longer standing - exact site unknown)

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



President ~ ( June 2, 1789 ~ January 15, 1793 ~ 1st Term )

Governor ~ ( January 15, 1793 ~ January 19, 1796 ~ 2nd Term )

( January 19, 1798 - August 11, 1798 )

New Castle County

Federalist ~ Age 44 ~ Physician ~ Methodist ~ Colonel

Interesting Facts:


          

     " Joshua Clayton " 
    ( Official State Portrait )

      Last individual to have the title " President ".

      Last individual to be elected by the General Assembly.

      During his 1st term the new State Constitution noted that the office of the Governor would be " elected by the people " and would serve a " 3 year Term ".

      1st individual to have the Title " Governor ".

      1st Governor elected by popular vote.

      6th & 7th Governor to be elected to office.

      1790 census released showing 59,096 Delaware residents.

      Only Governor to be interred 3 times.

      Father of "Senator Thomas Clayton"

      Uncle of "Senator John Middleton Clayton"

Date and Place of Birth:
     July 20, 1744 - Bohemia Manor - Cecil County, Md.

Parents:
     James & _____ Clayton

Married:
     Rachel Bassett - ( 1751-1821 ) - Adopted daughter of "Governor Richard Bassett"
     Children:
          Richard - ( 1774-1836 )
          James Lawson - ( 1769-1853 ) - Was a Doctor
          Thomas - ( 1777-1854 ) - Later became a "U.S. Senator & Congressman"
          Several Daughters - all died young

Facts about his life:

  • Studied medicine in Philadelphia and practiced in Middletown, Delaware
  • During the Revolutionary War served as major in the Bohemia battalion of the Maryland Line and was an aide on the staff of General George Washington at the Battle of the Brandywine as a Colonel
  • Delegate to the Provincial Congress 1782-1784
  • Served in the Delaware State House of Representatives 1785, and 1787
  • Elected Delaware State treasurer in 1786
  • Elected by the Delaware General Assembly as the 9th President ( "Governor" ) of Delaware and served from June 2, 1789 until January 15, 1793
  • Elected to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John Vining, and served from January 19, 1798, until his death

Date and place of passing:
     August 11, 1798 - Philadelphia, Pa. - Age 54

Place of burial:
     (1st) at his home "Locust Grove"
     Reinterred (2nd) in the Bethel Cemetery, Cheasapeake City, Md.
     Reinterred (3rd) to another spot in the Bethel Cemetery, Cheasapeake City, Md.
     due to the canal widening

Home(s):
     "Locust Grove", West of Mt. Pleasant, Delaware
     (now known as the Dickey Farm)

" Delaware Statewide Election Results ~ 1792 "

( Winner noted in " Maroon "  /    An   *    after name  =  incumbant )

( General Election   -   For the Office of Governor )

Name
Party
Votes
Percent
Joshua Clayton
Federalist
2,209
48 %
Thomas Montgomery
Republican
1,902
42 %
George Mitchell
Indep. Federalist
458
10 %

"Click Here" for a Biography of Joshua Clayton
"Click Here" for Governor Clayton's "Find A Grave" record.


      
" Joshua Clayton "
( Drawing of later years )


   Gov. Claytons Stone   
" Gov. Clayton's Grave Site "
( 2003 - Photo by Russ Pickett )



( January 19, 1796 - September 28, 1797 )

New Castle County

Federalist ~ Age 53 ~ Merchant, Lawyer ~ Episcopalian

Interesting Facts:


          

     " Gunning Bedford, Sr. " 
  • 2nd Governor to die in Office
  • 1st Attorney General of Delaware - 1778 to 1790
  • He used the title of "Sr." after his name so that others would not confuse him with his cousin, Gunning Bedford, Jr.
  • Was a ratifier of the U.S. Constitution for Delaware in 1787
  • 8th Governor to be elected to office

Date and Place of Birth:
     April 7, 1742 - New Castle County, Delaware

Parents:
     William & Catherine Jacquett Bedford

Married:
     Mary Read - in 1769 - Sister of "Governor George Read, Sr."
     Children:
          None

Facts about his life:

  • Major in the Continental Army in 1775
  • Lieutenant Colonel in Haslet’s Regiment in 1776
  • Wounded in the battle of White Plains; subsequently appointed muster-master-general in 1776
  • Admitted to the Delaware bar in 1779
  • Served in the Delaware General Assembly from New Castle County 1784-1786
  • Elected a Member of the Continental Congress for the term 1786-1787 but declined to serve and resigned January 15, 1787
  • Member of the Delaware convention in 1787 which ratified the Federal Constitution
  • Elected as the 12th Governor of Delaware by defeating Archibald Alexander and received 67% of the vote. Served from January 19, 1796 until his death on September 28, 1797

Date and place of passing:
     September 28, 1797 - New Castle, Delaware - Age 55

Place of burial:
     Immanual Church Cemetery, New Castle, Delaware

Home(s):
     #6 the Strand, New Castle, Delaware (Still standing)

" Delaware Statewide Election Results ~ 1795 "

( Winner noted in " Maroon "  /    An   *    after name  =  incumbant )

( General Election   -   For the Office of Governor )

Name
Party
Votes
Percent
Gunning Bedford, Sr.
Federalist
2,352
52 %
Archibald Alexander
Republican
2,142
44 %

"Click Here" for a Biography of Gunning Bedford, Sr.
"Click Here" for Governor Bedford's "Find A Grave" record.



( September 28, 1797 - January 15, 1799 )

( " Assumed Term of Gov. Gunning Bedford, Sr. upon his passing " )


Sussex County

Federalist ~ Age 43 ~ Miller, Landowner ~ Episcopalian

Interesting Facts:


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

  • Assumed Term of Gov. Gunning Bedford, Sr. upon his passing since he was the "Speaker Of The House".
  • 2nd individual to assume the office of Governor.
  • 2nd Speaker of the House to replace a Governor.
  • 1st individual to assume the office of Governor upon the death of a preceding Governor.
  • 1st individual from Sussex County to serve as Governor

Date and Place of Birth:
     January 3, 1754 - Pungoteague, Va.

Parents:
     James & Patience (_____) Rogers

Married (1st):
     Esther O. Crapper - on July 20, 1778 - ( 1748-1789 ) -
          widow of Moulton Crapper
"View Her Online Memorial"

     Children:
          James - ( 1779-1868 ) - married Fidelia Stockton,
             daughter of "Gov. Thomas Stockton"

          Thomas - ( 1782-1865 )
          Betsy - ( 1784-1791 )
          Moulton - ( 1786-?? ) - law partner of "President James Buchanan"
          Daniel - ( 1789-?? )

Married (2nd):
     Nancy Russum - in 1790
     Children:
          John - ( 1790-1833 )
          Samuel - ( 1792-1794 )
          Clement - ( 1795-?? )
          Hannah - ( 1797-1857 )
          William - ( 1799-?? )
          Mary - ( 1802-1885 )
          Henry - ( 1804-?? )

Facts about his life:

  • Served in the Delaware State House of Representatives in 1791
  • Served in the Delaware State Senate from 1792-1797 and was Speaker of the Senate all 6 years
  • Assumed the office of Governor by being the Speaker of the Senate upon the death of "Governor Gunning Bedford, Sr." and served from September 28, 1797 until January 15, 1799
  • Served in the Delaware State Senate from 1801 until his death on February 2, 1806 and was Speaker of the Senate all 6 years
  • Military Service: None

Date and place of passing:
     February 2, 1806 - Milford, Delaware - Age 52

Place of burial:
     Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford, Delaware

Home(s):
     "Causey Mansion", Milford, Delaware
     ( Later the home of the 39th Governor "Peter Causey" )

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




   Portrait of Gov. Bassett   
( Official State Portrait )


( January 15, 1799 - February 20, 1801 )



( March 4, 1789 - March 3, 1793 )


( State Senate: 1782   ~   State House: 1786 )

Kent County

Federalist   ~   Age 53   ~   Lawyer   ~   Landowner   ~   Methodist

Interesting Facts:

Date and Place of Birth:

April 2, 1745 - Bohemia Ferry, Maryland.

Parents:

Arnold and Judith Thompson Bassett

Married: ~ ( Twice ~ 1st marriage in 1774 ~ later divorced )
      ( Clicking on the highlighted family names " below " show where they are interred ~ many include photos )

Ann Ennalls Children: Richard Ennalls Bassett ~ ( 1775 ~ 1776 )
Ann " Nancy " Bassett Bayard ~ ( 1777 ~ 1854 ) ~ married " U.S.Senator James A. Bayard, Sr. " )
Mary Bassett ~ ( ?? ~ 1807 )
Rachel Bassett ~ ( Adopted )

Married: ~ ( Twice ~ 2nd marriage )

Betsy Garnett

Children: ~ None

Facts about his life:

      When he was very young his father abandoned the family. His mother passed away soon after and he was adopted by by a relative named Peter Lawson. Peter owned Bohemia Manor which Richard inherited.

      Pursued preparatory studies; studied law

      Admitted to the Delaware bar and practiced in Delaware

      Captain of the Dover Light House Militia during the Revolutionary War in 1777 (Served in the New Jersey campaign)

      Member of the State Constitutional Conventions in 1776 and 1792

      Served in the Delaware State Senate 1782

      Served in the Delaware State House of Representatives 1786

      Delegate to the convention which framed the Constitution of the United States in 1787

      Member of the Delaware convention which ratified the Federal Constitution in 1787

      Elected to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1789 to March 3, 1793

      Chief Justice of the Delaware Court of Common Pleas 1793-1799

      Elected Delaware's 14th Governor by defeating future 15th Governor " David Hall " and Barclay Townsend, receiving 2490 of 4743 votes, and served from January 15, 1799 until February 20, 1801 when he resigned

      Appointed United States Circuit Judge by " President John Adams " in 1801 causing him to resign as Delaware's Governor

Date and place of passing:

August 15, 1815 - on his estate, " Bohemia Manor " in Cecil County, Maryland. - Age 70

Place of burial:

He was 1st interred at Bohemia Manor
He was laster reinterred in the Wilmington & Brandywine Cemetery, Wilmington, Delaware

Home(s):

1st ~ " Bohemia Manor ", West of Mt. Pleasant, Delaware ( No longer standing )
2nd ~ Southeast corner of 3rd & French Streets, Wilmington, Delaware ( No longer standing )
3rd ~  #32 the Green, Dover, Delaware
4th ~ " Bohemia Manor "

To view Governor Bassett's place of burial:
                  

To view a short biography of Governor Bassett:
                  

To view Governor Bassett's " Wikipedia Article ":
                  

To view " Richard Bassett's " U.S. Congressional Biographical Page:
                  

" Delaware Statewide Election Results "

" Richard Bassett "

( winner marked in " Maroon " ~ ( unless they are linked )  ~    *   =  incumbant )

Year
Office
Name
Election
Type 
Party
    Votes    
Percent
1798
Governor
Richard Bassett
General
Federalist
2,490
52.50 %
 
 
David Hall
 
Republican
2,068
43.60 %
 
 
Barclay Townsend
 
Federalist
185
03.90 %
( David Hall later became the 15th Governor of Delaware )


    Gov. Bassett's Grave   
" Gov. Bassett's Grave Site "

Email any questions or comments to:

Russ Pickett

( russpickde@comcast.net )