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Hon. James Booth

Hon. James Booth, Chief Justice of Delaware, died from inflammation of the lungs on Thursday, in New Castle, having filled the office since 1841.
[Centinel of Freedom – Newark, New Jersey, Tuesday, April 3, 1855, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]


William Cannon

Obituary – The Late Governor of Delaware.

William Cannon, Governor of Delaware, died at his residence in Bridgeville, on Wednesday morning, 1st insant, at half-past three o’clock, from an attack of typhoid-pneumonia. His age was about 57 years. The deceased was one of the most active business men in the State, as well as one of its most energetic politicians. He was a native of Sussex county, born near Bridgeville, about the year 1809, of Scotch parents.

He started in business with very slender means, but by energy, perseverance and shrewdness in the mercantile business, soon acquired a large property. His estate has been estimated at from eighty to one hundred thousand dollars. He was twice elected a member of the Lower House of the General Assembly from Sussex county, and served during the sessions of 1845-7, and was State Treasurer from 1850 to 1854.

In 1861 he was selected, together with George B. Rodney, Daniel M. Bates, Henry Ridgely and John W. Houston, to represent the State of Delaware in the Peace Congress which assembled in Washington, at the invitation of the State of Virginia, on the 4th of February of that year, to adjust the unhappy controversies which then were inevitably tending to plunge the country into civil war.

Up to this time Mr. Cannon had been a devoted Democratic partisan, but on the outbreak of the Rebellion he cast aside all party ties and maintained the duty and propriety of an unconditional support of the Administration and the war. In 1862 he was elected Governor of Delaware and held the office up to the time of his death. He was a devoted patriot and his loss will be severely felt. Governor Cannon accompanied by his eloquent Secretary of State, Hon. S. M. Harrington, Jr., made several visits to Philadelphia during the last election campaign, and by this unswerving loyalty won for himself many warm friends.

Dr. Gove Saulsbury, President of the State Senate, was sworn in as successor to Governor Cannon on Thursday.

[Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Friday, March 10, 1865, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]


John M. Clayton

DEATH OF MR. CLAYTON
Hon. John M. Clayton, of Delaware, whose death at Dover, in that State, we briefly announce by telegraph last week, has occupied a conspicuous position among the Statesmen of our country for uwards of a quarter of a century. He was a native of Delaware, having been born there in July, 1796, and was consequently a little over 60 years of age. He was early educated for the Bar, and soon became eminent as an advocate. He began his public career as a member of the Delaware Legislature, and at 33 years of age, 27 years ago, was advanced to a seat in the U. S. Senate, where he became the intimate friend and coadjutor of Henry Clay, with whom he labored for the Compromise of 1833. He retired from the Senate in 1837, having served for eight years, and was re-elected in 1845, but left his seat in 1849 to accept the office of Secretary of State under Gen. Taylor but on the death of the latter, he resigned, and Mr. Fillmore appointed Mr. Webster to his place. Four years ago he was sent back to the Senate for the third time, his term expiring in 1859.

His most memorable services were his negotiation while Secretary of State, with Sir Henry Bulwer, on Central American affairs, in which his diplomatic skill and sagacity were severely tested, but resulted in the famous Clayton Bulwer Treaty. He was always moderate and conservative in his political views, and though he always ranked among the leaders of the old Whig party, and ably advocated the protective tariffs he announced during the last campaign his entire independence of all parties, claiming the right to support of condemn any cause or man, as the public interest required. One of his last acts was a proposition in the Senate, to appoint a Special Committee to devise some plan to settle the Kansas difficulties, with the hope of preventing the threatened danger of the Union. He sought the comfort of religion toward the close of his life. The funeral will take place at Dover, Delaware on Thursday afternoon.
[Source: Centinel of Freedom (Newark, NJ) Tuesday, November 18, 1856, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]


John F. Cochrane

DEATH OF A FORMER GOVERNOR.
WILMINGTON (Del.). Dec. 27.-John F. Cochrane, ex-Governor of Delaware, died to-day at his home in Middletown, aged 90 years. He was elected Governor in November, 1874, on the Democratic ticket. At the expiration of his term he retired to private life.
[The Record-Union (Sacramento, Calif.) December 28, 1898, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]


Joseph P. Comegys

Joseph P. Comegys, ex-chief justice of Delaware, died at his residence in Dover. He was born near Dover in 1813.
[Rock Island Argus, Rock Island, Illinois, February 3, 1893, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]


Ex-Gov. COMMEGS [sic.]

DIED.
In Dover, Del., ex-Gov. COMMEGS, on Thursday last. He was elected Governor of Delaware in 1836.
[Evening Post (New York, NY) Wednesday, March 5, 1851, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]


John Dickenson

JOHN DICKENSON, another of our revolutionary patriots, has paid the debt of nature, at a good old age, & full of glory. The various high stations filled by him, and the patriotic duties he discharged, are fresh in the minds of his countrymen. Few men have ever lived that possessed more strength of judgment, miscellaneous knowledge, and cultivation of taste. These high attainments were tempered by an elegance of manners, an habitual eloquence, and a benignity that made him the delight as well as the ornament of society. The infirmities of declining years long since detached him from the busy scenes of life. But in retirement his patriotism felt no abatement. The welfare of his country remained uppermost in his thoughts, and he was ready, as any of her sons, to make any sacrifice called for by her violated honor. Having viewed men and all their ways with a penetrating eye, he unequivocally avowed his preference for a republican government, and, as far as his voice went, invariably upheld republican men and measures. The existing administration, of course, commanded his constant respect and affection.

Over the ashes of such a man we may weep without the indulgence of immoderate grief. Having passed a long and illustrious life, he has left a name, which will, in future times, be often invoked on the side of principle and virtue.
[National Intelligencer, Washington D. C., Monday, February 22, 1808, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]


Joseph Gilpin

Died, and was interred in Friends burial ground, on the 1st inst. Joseph Gilpin, aged eighty eight years and nine months.-Left issue living, nine children, seventy-six grandchildren, thirty seven great grand children.
[Delaware Gazette, Wilmington, Delaware, Saturday, January 5, 1793, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]


Joseph Haslett

Joseph Haslett, Esq. Governor of Delaware died at his seat near Milford, on Friday last. – He is the fourth Governor of Delaware who has died within a few years. Charles Thomas, Esq., the Speaker of the Senate, on whom the duties of the Governor now devolve, lies dangerously ill. The Philadelphia Gazette says, at the late election, it was objected to Judge Booth, the competitor of Mr. Haslett that he was so far advanced in years, that he would probably die before his term of office expired, and thus the state would again be left without a Governor. Judge Booth is still living. Mr. Haslett is dead. So uncertain are our calculations respecting life and death.
[Source: Spectator, New York, New York, Friday, June 27, 1823] mkk


Mrs. F. A. Hays

Mrs. F. A. Hays, wife of Professor Hays, of the Animal Husbandry Department of Delaware College, died at the Homeopathic Hospital Wilmington on Saturday of pneumonia, leaving a two weeks old baby.
[Source: Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, PA) Monday, May 26, 1919] mkk


Joshua Perkins Hopkins Marvil

GOVERNOR MARVIL DIES.
After a Long Illness He Passes Away - - Democratic Successor.

Laurel, Del., April 8.-After an illness from a complication of diseases that has lasted several months, Governor Joshua Perkins Hopkins Marvil died at 9:15 tonight.

Governor Marvil was born in Sussex county, this state, September 3, 1835, and came of an old Delaware family.

By his death William P. Watson speaker of the senate, who is a democrat, becomes acting governor. By the elevation of Mr. Watson to the gubernatorial chair, the senate of this state becomes a tie, four republicans and four democrats.

What effect the death of Governor Marvil will have upon the senatorial contest being waged in the legislature between Higgins and Addicks is difficult to forecast.
[Omaha World Herald (Omaha, NE) Tuesday, April 9, 1895, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]


Thomas McKean (Former Governor)

DIED. In Pennsylvania Hon. Thomas McKean, formerly Governor of Pennsylvania, aged 84. He was one of the firm and first friends of American Independence, and signed the Declaration of Independence, through his name has not appeared on the list. He was born in Pennsylvania, of Irish ancestors. He has been honourable as a Judge, firm as a Magistrate, and inflexible in his patriotism. From 1774 to 1869, he was a Congress from Delaware. He was afterwards Chief Justice of Pennsylvania, and from 1799, Governor nine years, the time allowed by the Constitution.
[Essex Register, Salem Massachusetts, Wednesday, July 2, 1817, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]


Isaac T. Parker

Isaac T. Paraker, former Lieutenant governor of Delaware, died in Philadelphia.
[The Commoner, (Lincoln, Nebraska) March 17, 1911, page 10, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]


James Ponder

EX.-GOV. PONDER DEAD.
WILMINGTON, Del., Nov. 5.-James Ponder, former governor of Delaware, died at his home in Milton, Sussex county, Friday of paralysis, aged 78 years. He was for years active in state politics as a democrat, served as speaker of the state senate, and was elected governor in 1870, serving four years.
[Marietta Daily Leader (Marietta, Ohio) November 6, 1897, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

OBITUARY.
Ex-Gov. James Ponder of Delaware died at his home in Milton, Del., on Friday, of paralysis. He was the last of the leaders of the Saulsbury faction, which held undisputed sway in the political affairs of Delaware twenty years ago. Mr. Ponder was in the Legislature which elected James A. Bayard, father of Ambassador Thomas F. Bayard, to the United States Senate, and also helped to cast the vote which elected Martin W. Bates to succeed John M. Clayton in the upper branch of the National Congress. The ex-Governor was born Oct. 31, 1819. In 1856 he was elected to the Legislature and served at the session of 1857, during which he assisted in the election of Martin W. Bates and James A. Bayard to the United States Senate. He was chosen in 1864 to the State Senate, of which he became Speaker in 1867, filling the position with ability and distinction. In 1870 he was elected Governor by a large majority over his competitor, Thomas B. Coursey. He filled the gubernatorial office four years and held no political office afterward.
[The Sun, New York, New York, November 7, 1897, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]


Caesar Rodney

DIED on the 26th of June last, at his seat near Dover, (in Delaware) the Hon. CAESAR RODNEY, Esq; late Governor of the State of Delaware, in the 56th year of his age.
[South Carolina Gazette and General Advertiser, Charlestown, SC, August 28, 1784, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]


John Ponder Saulsbury

Delaware's State Secretary Dead.
WILMINGTON, May 10.-John Ponder Saulsbury, Secretary of State, died this morning at his home in Dover. He had been ill since his return from the New York Centennial Celebration. He was the eldest son of Chancellor Willard Saulsbury, who was United States Senator from Delaware during the war. John Ponder Saulsbury was born at Georgetown, Del., August 27, 1853. He studied law with his father, and in 1877 opened an office in Dover. Subsequently he was associated with his cousin, John F. Saulsbury, in publishing the Dover Delawarean. He was appointed Secretary of State by Governor Biggs on the accession of the latter in January, 1887.
[Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Saturday, May 11, 1889, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]


George Truitt
Died.
In Camden, Del., Hon. George Truitt, formerly Governor of Delaware.
[Source: Bangor Weekly Register (Bangor, ME) Thursday, November 12, 1818, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]


Nicholas Van Dyke, Esq.

Died on the 19th ult. At his farm in St. George’s Hundred, State of Delaware, the Hon. Nicholas Van Dyke, Esq. late President of that State. Candour, Prudence and benevolence, were highly conspicuous in his general character, in the public and honorable offices with which he was vested by his fellow citizens, as well as in the duties of domestic retirement. His regard to civil and religious society, attracted in a high degree, general respect and esteem. And to the friends of virtue and religion his memory will long be precious.
[Source: New York Packet (New York, NY) Tuesday, March 10, 1789, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]


James L. Wolcott
James L. Wolcott former chancellor of Delaware, died at his home in Dover, aged fifty-six years. He was for years a leader in Democratic politics.
[The Princeton Union, Princeton, Minnesota, April 7, 1898, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

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