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Delaware: Governors

Governors of Delaware, 1792-2016 (May be incomplete!)
Joshua Clayton 1793-96 Gunning Bedford 1796-97 Daniel Rogers 1797-99 Richard Bassett 1799-1801 James Sykes 1801-02 David Hall 1802-05 Nathaniel Mitchell 1805-08 George Truitt 1808-11 Joseph Haslet 1811-14 Daniel Rodney 1814-17 John Clark 1817-20 Jacob Stout 1820-21 John Collins 1821-22 Caleb Rodney 1822-23 Joseph Haslet 1823 Charles Thomas 1823-24 Samuel Paynter 1824-27 Charles Polk 1827-30 David Hazzard 1830-33 Caleb Prew Bennett 1833-36 Charles Polk 1836-37 Cornelius P. Comegys 1837-41 William B. Cooper 1841-45 Thomas Stockton 1845-46 Joseph Maull 1846 William Temple 1846-47 William Tharp 1847-51 William H. H. Ross 1851-55 Peter F. Causey 1855-59 William Burton 1859-63 William Cannon 1863-65 Gove Saulsbury 1865-71 James Ponder 1871-75 John P. Cochran 1875-79 John W. Hall 1879-83 Charles C. Stockley 1883-87 Benjamin T. Biggs 1887-91 Robert J. Reynolds 1891-95 Joshua Hopkins Marvil 1895 William T. Watson 1895-97 Ebe Walter Tunnell 1897-1901 John Hunn 1901-05 Preston Lea 1905-09 Simeon S. Pennewill 1909-13 Charles Miller 1913-17 John G. Townsend, Jr. 1917-21 William D. Denney 1921-25 Robert P. Robinson 1925-29 C. Douglass Buck 1929-37 Richard C. McMullen 1937-41 Walter W. Bacon 1941-49 Elbert N. Carvel 1949-53 J. Caleb Boggs 1953-60 David P. Buckson 1960-61 Elbert N. Carvel 1961-65 Charles L. Terry, Jr. 1965-69 Russell W. Peterson 1969-73 Sherman W. Tribbitt 1973-77 Pete du Pont 1977-85 Michael N. Castle 1985-92 Dale E. Wolf 1992-93 Thomas R. Carper 1993-2001 Ruth Ann Minner 2001-09 Jack Markell 2009-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1792 Oct 2: Joshua Clayton, elected.
  • 1795: Archibald Alexander, defeated.
  • 1797 Sep 30: Gunning Bedford, died in office.
  • 1819 Oct 5: Henry Molleston (Federalist), elected, but died before taking office.
  • 1822 Apr 16: John Collins, died in office.
  • 1823: Daniel Hazzard, defeated.
  • 1823 Jun 20: Joseph Haslet, died in office.
  • 1832: Arnold Naudain, defeated.
  • 1836: Nehemiah Clark, defeated.
  • 1836 May 9: Caleb Prew Bennett, died in office.
  • 1840: Warren Jefferson, defeated.
  • 1844: William Tharp, defeated.
  • 1846: Peter F. Causey, defeated.
  • 1846 Mar 1: Thomas Stockton, died in office.
  • 1846 May 3: Joseph Maull, died in office.
  • 1850: Peter F. Causey, defeated.
  • 1854: William Burton (Dem), defeated.
  • 1858: Buckmaster, defeated.
  • 1862: Jefferson, defeated.
  • 1865 Mar 1: William Cannon, died in office.
  • 1866: James Riddle (Rep), defeated.
  • 1870: Thomas B. Coursey (Rep), defeated.
  • 1874 Nov 3: Isaac Jump (Rep), defeated.
  • 1878: Stewart, defeated.
  • 1882: Curry (Rep), defeated.
  • 1886: Hoffecker, defeated.
  • 1890: Harry A. Richardson, defeated.
  • 1894: Ebe Walter Tunnell (Dem), defeated.
  • 1895 Apr 8: Joshua Hopkins Marvil, died in office.
  • 1896: John H. Hoffecker, defeated.
  • 1900 Nov 6: John Hunn (Rep), elected; Peter J. Ford (Dem), defeated; Richard M. Cooper (Prohibition), defeated; G. E. Reinicke (Social Democratic), defeated.
  • 1904 Nov 8: Preston Lea (Rep), elected; Caleb S. Pennewill (Dem), defeated; Joseph H. Chandler (Regular Republican), defeated; John R. Price (Prohibition), defeated; Gustave Reinicke (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1908 Nov 3: Simeon S. Pennewill (Rep), elected; Rowland G. Painter (Dem), defeated; J. Frank Smith (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1912 Nov 5: Charles Miller (Rep & Progressive), elected; Thomas M. Monaghan (Dem), defeated; George B. Hynson (Progressive), defeated; John Heyd (Prohibition), defeated; Norman L. Rearick (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1916 Nov 7: John G. Townsend, Jr. (Rep), elected; James H. Hughes (Dem), defeated; Frank A. Houck, defeated.
  • 1920 Nov 2: William D. Denney (Rep), elected; Andrew J. Lynch (Dem), defeated; William H. Conner (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1924 Nov 4: Robert P. Robinson (Rep), elected; Joseph Bancroft (Dem), defeated; Kenneth A. Horner, defeated; Frank A. Houck (Progressive), defeated.
  • 1928 Nov 6: C. Douglass Buck (Rep), elected; Charles M. Wharton (Dem), defeated.
  • 1932 Nov 8: C. Douglass Buck (Rep), elected; Landreth L. Layton (Dem), defeated; Fred W. Whiteside (Socialist), defeated; Harold C. Thomas (Communist), defeated.
  • 1936 Nov 3: Richard C. McMullen (Dem), elected; Harry L. Cannon (Rep), defeated; Isaac D. Short (Independent Republican), defeated; Fred W. Whiteside (Socialist), defeated; John T. Wladkoski (Liberal Democratic), defeated.
  • 1940 Nov 5: Walter W. Bacon (Rep), elected; Josiah H. Marvel (Dem), defeated; Ivan Culbertson (Liberal Democratic), defeated.
  • 1944 Nov 7: Walter W. Bacon (Rep), elected; Isaac J. MacCollum (Dem), defeated; Thomas W. Jakes (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1948 Nov 2: Elbert N. Carvel (Dem), elected; Hyland P. George (Rep), defeated; Harold H. Vigneulle (Prohibition), defeated; Sarah G. France (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1952 Nov 4: J. Caleb Boggs (Rep), elected; Elbert N. Carvel (Dem), defeated.
  • 1956 Nov 6: J. Caleb Boggs (Rep), elected; Tyler McConnell (Dem), defeated.
  • 1960 Nov 8: Elbert N. Carvel (Dem), elected; John W. Rollins, Sr. (Rep), defeated.
  • 1964 Nov 3: Charles L. Terry, Jr. (Dem), elected; David P. Buckson (Rep), defeated.
  • 1968 Nov 5: Russell W. Peterson (Rep), elected; Charles L. Terry, Jr. (Dem), defeated.
  • 1972 Nov 7: Sherman W. Tribbitt (Dem), elected; Russell W. Peterson (Rep), defeated; Virginia M. Lyndall (American), defeated; Harry H. Conner (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1984 Nov 6: Michael N. Castle (Rep), elected; William T. Quillen (Dem), defeated.
  • 1996 Nov 5: Thomas R. Carper (Dem), elected; Janet C. Rzewnicki (Rep), defeated.
  • 2000 Sep 9: Ruth Ann Minner (Dem), nominated unopposed.
  • 2000 Sep 9: John M. Burris (Rep), nominated; William Swain Lee (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 2000 Nov 7: Ruth Ann Minner (Dem), elected; John M. Burris (Rep), defeated; Floyd E. McDowell, Sr. (Ind), defeated.
  • 2004 Sep 11: Ruth Ann Minner (Dem), nominated unopposed.
  • 2004 Sep 11: William Swain Lee (Rep), nominated; Michael D. Protack (Rep), defeated in primary; David C. Graham (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 2004 Nov 2: Ruth Ann Minner (Dem), elected; William Swain Lee (Rep), defeated; Frank Infante (Ind), defeated.
  • 2008 Sep 9: Jack Markell (Dem), nominated; John C. Carney (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 2008 Sep 9: William Swain Lee (Rep), nominated; Michael D. Protack (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 2008 Nov 4: Jack Markell (Dem), elected; William Swain Lee (Rep), defeated; Jeffrey Brown (Blue Enigma), defeated.
  • 2012 Sep 11: Jeffrey Cragg (Rep), nominated unopposed.
  • 2012 Sep 12: Jack Markell (Dem), nominated unopposed.
  • 2012 Nov 6: Jack Markell (Dem), elected; Jeffrey Cragg (Rep), defeated; Mark Perri (Green), defeated; Jesse McVay (Libertarian), defeated; David C. Graham, defeated.
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