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Quaker Politicians in Delaware
(Religious Society of Friends)

  Joseph Bancroft (1875-1936) — of Wilmington, New Castle County, Del. Born in Rockford (now part of Wilmington), New Castle County, Del., May 18, 1875. Democrat. Chemical engineer; executive, Joseph Bancroft & Sons chemical manufacturing firm; director of railroads and insurance companies; candidate for Governor of Delaware, 1924. Quaker. Member, American Chemical Society; Theta Xi; Freemasons; Elks. Injured in a fall down stairs, and died a few days later, from pneumonia, in the Homeopathic Hospital, Wilmington, New Castle County, Del., May 6, 1936 (age 60 years, 354 days). Interment at Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery, Wilmington, Del.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel Bancroft, Jr. (1840-1915) and Mary Askew (Richardson) Bancroft (1847-1933); married, October 29, 1902, to Elizabeth Ann Howard (1871-1941).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  John Dickinson (1732-1808) — also known as "Penman of the Revolution" — of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa.; Wilmington, New Castle County, Del. Born near Trappe, Talbot County, Md., November 13, 1732. Planter; lawyer; Delegate to Continental Congress from Pennsylvania, 1774-76; Delegate to Continental Congress from Delaware, 1779; member of Delaware state legislative council from New Castle County, 1781; President of Delaware, 1781-83; President of Pennsylvania, 1782-85; member, U.S. Constitutional Convention, 1787; member of Delaware state senate from New Castle County, 1793. Quaker; later Episcopalian. English ancestry. Member, Freemasons. Died in Wilmington, New Castle County, Del., February 14, 1808 (age 75 years, 93 days). Interment at Friends Burial Ground, Wilmington, Del.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel Dickinson and Mary (Cadwalader) Dickinson; brother of Philemon Dickinson (1739-1809); married, July 19, 1770, to Mary 'Polly' Norris.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Ralph Waldo Emerson (1892-1963) — also known as Ralph W. Emerson — of Wyoming, Kent County, Del. Born in Wyoming, Kent County, Del., March 6, 1892. Republican. Fruit broker; delegate to Republican National Convention from Delaware, 1940 (member, Committee on Permanent Organization); Delaware state treasurer; elected 1950. Quaker. Member, Odd Fellows. Died in Delaware, February 10, 1963 (age 70 years, 341 days). Interment at Camden Friends Meeting House Cemetery, Camden, Del.
  Relatives: Son of Pennell Emerson (1852-1940) and Martha Emma (Stevens) Emerson (1862-1938); married, September 12, 1915, to Mary Justine Chambers (1892-1960).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  John Hunn (1849-1926) — also known as "Honest John" — of Camden, Kent County, Del. Born near Middletown, New Castle County, Del., June 29, 1849. Republican. Governor of Delaware, 1901-05; delegate to Republican National Convention from Delaware, 1904. Quaker. Died in Camden, Kent County, Del., September 1, 1926 (age 77 years, 64 days). Interment at Camden Friends Meeting House Cemetery, Camden, Del.
  Relatives: Son of John Hunn (1818-1894; abolitionist) and Mary Jenkins (Swallow) Hunn; married, November 11, 1874, to Sarah Cowgill Emerson (1850-1912).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Preston Lea (1841-1916) — of New Castle, New Castle County, Del.; Wilmington, New Castle County, Del. Born in Wilmington, New Castle County, Del., November 12, 1841. Republican. President, William Lea and Sons milling; president, Union National Bank, vice-president, Farmers Mutual Insurance Company; director, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington Railroad; Governor of Delaware, 1905-09; delegate to Republican National Convention from Delaware, 1908. Quaker. Member, Union League. Died in New Castle, New Castle County, Del., December 4, 1916 (age 75 years, 22 days). Interment at Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery, Wilmington, Del.
  Relatives: Son of William Lea (1805-1876) and Jane Scott (Lovett) Lea (1817-1888); married, October 27, 1870, to Adalaide Moore (1846-1888); married, April 29, 1897, to Eliza Naudain Corbit; father of Claudia Wright Lea (1872-1955; who married Sheffield Phelps (1864-1902)); second cousin once removed of Charles Corbit and William Webb, Jr.; third cousin once removed of Joseph Rodman West; third cousin twice removed of Elsie Cryder Woodward.
  Political families: Livingston-Schuyler family of New York; Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Sherman family of Connecticut (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
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