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Delaware: U.S. Senators

U.S. Senators from Delaware, 1789-2018 (May be incomplete!)
Richard Bassett 1789-93 George Read 1789-93 John Vining 1793-98 Henry Latimer 1795-1801 Joshua Clayton 1798 William Hill Wells 1799-1804 Samuel White 1801-09 James Asheton Bayard, Sr. 1804-13 Outerbridge Horsey 1810-21 William Hill Wells 1813-17 Nicholas Van Dyke 1817-26 Caesar A. Rodney 1822-23 Thomas Clayton 1824-27 Daniel Rodney 1826-27 Henry M. Ridgely 1827-29 Louis McLane 1827-29 John M. Clayton 1829-36 Arnold Naudain 1830-36 Richard H. Bayard 1836-39 Thomas Clayton 1837-47 Richard H. Bayard 1841-45 John M. Clayton 1845-49 Presley Spruance 1847-53 John Wales 1849-51 James A. Bayard 1851-64 John M. Clayton 1853-56 Joseph P. Comegys 1856-57 Martin Waltham Bates 1857-59 Willard Saulsbury, Sr. 1859-71 George R. Riddle 1864-67 James A. Bayard 1867-69 Thomas F. Bayard, Sr. 1869-85 Eli Saulsbury 1871-89 George Gray 1885-99 Anthony Higgins 1889-95 Richard R. Kenney 1897-1901 J. Frank Allee 1903-07 L. Heisler Ball 1903-05 Henry A. du Pont 1906-17 Harry A. Richardson 1907-13 Willard Saulsbury, Jr. 1913-19 Josiah O. Wolcott 1917-21 L. Heisler Ball 1919-25 T. Coleman du Pont 1921-22 Thomas F. Bayard 1922-29 T. Coleman du Pont 1925-28 Daniel O. Hastings 1928-37 John G. Townsend, Jr. 1929-41 James H. Hughes 1937-43 James M. Tunnell 1941-47 C. Douglass Buck 1943-49 John J. Williams 1947-70 J. Allen Frear, Jr. 1949-61 J. Caleb Boggs 1961-73 William V. Roth, Jr. 1971-2001 Joseph R. Biden, Jr. 1973-2009 Thomas R. Carper 2001- Edward E. Kaufman 2009-10 Christopher A. Coons 2010-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1798 Aug 11: Joshua Clayton, died in office.
  • 1809 Nov 4: Samuel White, died in office.
  • 1826 May 21: Nicholas Van Dyke, died in office.
  • 1836 Jun 16: Arnold Naudain, resigned.
  • 1836 Dec 29: John M. Clayton, resigned.
  • 1849 Feb 23: John M. Clayton, resigned.
  • 1856 Nov 9: John M. Clayton, died in office.
  • 1867 Mar 29: George R. Riddle, died in office.
  • 1916 Nov 7: Josiah O. Wolcott (Dem), elected; Henry A. du Pont (Rep), defeated; Hiram A. Burton (Progressive), defeated; William C. Ferris (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1918 Nov 5: L. Heisler Ball (Rep), elected; Willard Saulsbury, Jr. (Dem), defeated; William H. Conner (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1921 Jul 2: Josiah O. Wolcott, resigned.
  • 1921 Jul 7: T. Coleman du Pont, appointed.
  • 1922 Nov 7: Thomas F. Bayard (Dem), elected; T. Coleman du Pont (Rep), defeated; Frank Stephens (Forward), defeated.
  • 1924 Nov 4: T. Coleman du Pont (Rep), elected; James M. Tunnell (Dem), defeated.
  • 1928 Nov 6: John G. Townsend, Jr. (Rep), elected; Thomas F. Bayard (Dem), defeated.
  • 1928 Dec 9: T. Coleman du Pont, resigned.
  • 1928 Dec 10: Daniel O. Hastings, appointed.
  • 1930 Nov 4: Daniel O. Hastings (Rep), elected; Thomas F. Bayard (Dem & Liberal Republican), defeated; Nicholas Minutella (Communist), defeated.
  • 1934 Nov 6: John G. Townsend, Jr. (Rep), elected; Wilbur L. Adams (Dem), defeated; Fred W. Whiteside (Socialist), defeated; John T. Wladkoski (Communist), defeated.
  • 1936 Nov 3: James H. Hughes (Dem), elected; Daniel O. Hastings (Rep), defeated; Robert G. Houston (Independent Republican), defeated; Charles W. Perry (Socialist), defeated; William V. P. Davidatis (Communist), defeated.
  • 1940 Nov 5: James M. Tunnell (Dem), elected; John G. Townsend, Jr. (Rep), defeated; William F. Allen (Liberal Democratic), defeated.
  • 1942 Nov 3: C. Douglass Buck (Rep), elected; E. Ennalls Berl (Dem), defeated; Thomas J. Sard (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1946 Nov 5: John J. Williams (Rep), elected; James M. Tunnell (Dem), defeated.
  • 1948 Nov 2: J. Allen Frear, Jr. (Dem), elected; C. Douglass Buck (Rep), defeated; Hamilton D. Ware (Progressive), defeated; Thomas J. Sard (Prohibition), defeated; Walter B. Pollard (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1954: Herbert B. Warburton, defeated.
  • 1958 Nov 4: John J. Williams (Rep), elected; Elbert N. Carvel (Dem), defeated.
  • 1964 Nov 3: John J. Williams (Rep), elected; Elbert N. Carvel (Dem), defeated; Joseph P. Hollon (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1966 Nov 8: J. Caleb Boggs (Rep), elected; James M. Tunnell (Dem), defeated.
  • 1970 Nov 3: William V. Roth, Jr. (Rep), elected; Jacob W. Zimmerman (Dem), defeated; Donald G. Gies (American Independent), defeated.
  • 1970 Dec 31: William V. Roth, Jr., resigned.
  • 1972 Nov 7: Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (Dem), elected; J. Caleb Boggs (Rep), defeated; Henry M. Majka (American), defeated; Herbert B. Wood (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1976 Nov 2: William V. Roth, Jr. (Rep), elected; Thomas C. Maloney (Dem), defeated; Donald G. Gies (American), defeated; Joseph F. McInerney (Nonpartisan), defeated; John A. Massimilla (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1978 Nov 7: Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (Dem), elected; James H. Baxter, Jr. (Rep), defeated; Donald G. Gies (American), defeated.
  • 1982 Nov 2: William V. Roth, Jr. (Rep), elected; David N. Levinson (Dem), defeated; Lawrence D. Sullivan (Libertarian), defeated; Charles A. Baker (American), defeated.
  • 1984 Nov 6: Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (Dem), elected; John M. Burris (Rep), defeated.
  • 1988 Nov 8: William V. Roth, Jr. (Rep), elected; S. B. Woo (Dem), defeated.
  • 1990 Nov 6: Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (Dem), elected; M. Jane Brady (Rep), defeated; Lee Rosenbaum (Libertarian), defeated.
  • 1994 Nov 8: William V. Roth, Jr. (Rep), elected; Charles M. Oberly III (Dem), defeated; John C. Dierickx (Libertarian), defeated.
  • 1996 Sep 7: Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (Dem), nominated unopposed.
  • 1996 Sep 7: Raymond J. Clatworthy (Rep), nominated; Vance Phillips (Rep), defeated in primary; Wilfred Plomis (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1996 Nov 5: Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (Dem), elected; Raymond J. Clatworthy (Rep), defeated; Mark Jones (Libertarian), defeated; Jacqueline Kossoff (Natural Law), defeated.
  • 2000 Nov 7: Thomas R. Carper (Dem), elected; William V. Roth, Jr. (Rep), defeated; J. Burke Morrison (Libertarian), defeated; Mark E. Dankof (Constitution), defeated; Robert E. Mattson (Natural Law), defeated.
  • 2002 Nov 5: Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (Dem), elected; Raymond J. Clatworthy (Rep), defeated; Maurice Barros (Ind), defeated; Raymond T. Buranello (Libertarian), defeated; Robert E. Mattson (Natural Law), defeated.
  • 2006 Sep 12: Thomas R. Carper (Dem), nominated unopposed.
  • 2006 Sep 12: Jan C. Ting (Rep), nominated; Michael D. Protack (Rep), defeated in primary; Christine O'Donnell (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 2006 Nov 7: Thomas R. Carper (Dem), elected; Jan C. Ting (Rep), defeated; William E. Morris (Libertarian), defeated.
  • 2008 Nov 4: Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (Dem), elected; Christine O'Donnell (Rep), defeated.
  • 2009 Jan 15: Joseph R. Biden, Jr., resigned; Edward E. Kaufman, appointed.
  • 2010 Sep 14: Christopher A. Coons (Dem), nominated unopposed.
  • 2010 Sep 14: Christine O'Donnell (Rep), nominated; Michael N. Castle (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 2010 Nov 2: Christopher A. Coons (Dem), elected; Christine O'Donnell (Rep), defeated; Glenn A. Miller (Ind), defeated; James W. Rash (Libertarian), defeated; Maurice F. Bourgeois, defeated; Samtra Devard, defeated.
  • 2012 Sep 11: Thomas R. Carper (Dem), nominated; Keith Spanarelli (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 2012 Sep 11: Kevin Wade (Rep), nominated unopposed.
  • 2012 Nov 6: Thomas R. Carper (Dem), elected; Kevin Wade (Rep), defeated; Alexander Pires (Ind), defeated; Andrew Groff (Green), defeated.
  • 2014 Sep 9: Christopher A. Coons (Dem), nominated unopposed.
  • 2014 Sep 9: Kevin Wade (Rep), nominated; Carl Smink (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 2014 Nov 4: Christopher A. Coons (Dem), elected; Kevin Wade (Rep), defeated; Andrew Groff (Green), defeated.
  • 2018 Sep 6: Thomas R. Carper (Dem), nominated; Kerri Evelyn Harris (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 2018 Sep 6: Robert B. Arlett (Rep), nominated; Eugene J. Truono, Jr. (Rep), defeated in primary; Rocky de la Fuente (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 2018 Nov 6: Thomas R. Carper (Dem), elected; Robert B. Arlett (Rep), defeated; Demitri G. Theodoropoulos (Green), defeated; Nadine M. Frost (Libertarian), defeated.
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