Capital: Dover

State Nickname: First State

State Bird: Ruffed Grouse

State Flower: Peach Blossom

Admitted to the Union: December 7, 1787

Governors

June 2, 1789 to January 13, 1796:

Joshua Clayton

January 13, 1796 to September 28, 1797:

Gunning Bedford. Sr.

September 28, 1797 to January 9, 1799:

Daniel Rogers

January, 1799 to March, 1801

Richard Bassett

March 1801 to January 1802:

James Sykes

January 1802 to January 1805:

David Hall

January 1805 to January 1808:

Nathaniel Mitchell

January 1808 to January 1811:

George Truitt

January 1811 to January 1814:

Jospeh Haslet

January 1814 to January 1817:

Daniel Rodney

January 1817 to January 1820:

John Clark

1820 (Died before taking office)

Henry Melleston

January 1820 to January 1821:

Jacob Stout

January 1821 to April 1822:

John Collins

April 1822 to January 1823:

Caleb Rodney

January 1823 to June 20, 1823:

Joseph Haslet

June 20, 1823 to January 1824:

Charles Thomas

January 1824 to January 1827:

Samuel Paynter

January 1827 to January 1830:

Charles Polk

January 1830 to January 1833:

David Hazzard

January 1833 to April 9 1836:

Caleb P. Bennett

April 9, 1836 to January 1837:

Clarles Polk

January 1837 to January 1841:

Cornelius P. Comeguys

January 1841 to January 1845:

William B. Cooper

January 1845 to March 2, 1846:

Thomas Stockton

March 2, 1846 to May 1, 1846:

Joseph Maull

May 1, 1846 to January 1847:

William Temple

January 1847 to January 1851:

William Tharp

January 1851 to January 1855:

William H. Ross

January 1855 to January 1859:

Peter F. Causey

January 1859 to January 1863:

William Burton

January 1863 to March 1, 1865:

William Cannon

March 1, 1865 to January 1871:

Gove Saulsbury

January 1871 to January 1875:

Jomes Ponder

January 1875 to January 1879:

John P. Cochran

January 1879 to January 1883:

John W. Hall

January 1883 to January 1887:

Charles C. Stockley

January 1887 to January 1891:

Benjamin T. Biggs

January 1891 to January 1895:

Robert J. Reynolds

January 1885 to April 8, 1895:

Joshua H. Marvel

April 8, 1895 to January 19, 1897:

William T. Watson

January 19, 1897 to January 15, 1901:

Ebe W. Tunnell

January 15, 1901 to January 17, 1905:

John Hunn

January 17, 1905 to January 19, 1909:

Preston Lea

January 19 1909 to January 21, 1913:

Simeon S. Pennewill

January 21, 1913 to January 17, 1917:

Charles R. Miller

January 17, 1917 to January 18, 1921:

John G. Townsend

January 18, 1921 to January 20, 1925:

William D. Denney

January 20, 1925 to January 15, 1929:

Robert P. Robinson

January 15, 1929 to January 19, 1937:

C. Douglass Buck

January 19, 1937 to January 21, 1941:

Richard C. McMullen

January 21, 1941 to January 18, 1945:

Walter W. Bacon

January 18, 1949 to January 20, 1953:

Elbert N. Carvel

January 20, 1953 to December 30, 1960:

J. Caleb Boggs

December 30, 1960 to January 17, 1961:

David P. Buckson

January 17, 1961 to January 19, 1965:

Elbert N. Carvel

January 19, 1965 to January 16, 1969:

Charles L. Terry, Jr.

January 21, 1969 to January 16, 1973:

Russell W. Peterson

January 16, 1973 to January 18, 1977:

Sherman W. Tribbitt

January 18, 1977 to January 15, 1985:

Pierre duPont

January 15, 1985 to December 31, 1992:

Michael N. Castle

January 1, 1993 to January 19, 1993:

Dale E. Wolf

January 19, 1993 to January 3, 2001:

Thomas R. Carper

January 3, 2001 to January 3, 2009

Ruth Ann Minner

January 3, 2009

Jack A. Markell

 
Senators - Class I

March 4, 1789 – September 18, 1793

George Read

September 18, 1793 – February 7, 1795

Vacant

February 7, 1795 – February 28, 1801

Dr. Henry Latimer

February 28, 1801 – November 4, 1809

Samuel White

January 12, 1810 – March 3, 1821

Outerbridge Horsey

March 4, 1821 – January 23, 1822

Vacant

January 10, 1822 – January 29, 1823

Caesar Augustus Rodney

January 29, 1823 – January 8, 1824

Vacant

January 9, 1837 – March 3, 1847

Thomas Clayton

March 4, 1827 – April 16, 1829

Louis McLane

January 7, 1830 – June 16, 1836

Dr. Arnold Snow Naudain

September 19, 1839 – January 11, 1841

Vacant

January 12, 1841 – March 3, 1845

Richard Henry Bayard

March 4, 1845 – February 23, 1849

John Middleton Clayton

February 23, 1849 – March 3, 1851

John Wales

March 4, 1851 – January 29, 1864

James Asheton Bayard, Jr.

March 4, 1869 – March 6, 1885

Thomas Francis Bayard

March 18, 1885 – March 4, 1899

George Gray

March 4, 1899 – March 2, 1903

Vacant

March 2, 1903 – March 3, 1905

Dr. Lewis Heisler Ball

March 4, 1905 – June 12, 1906

Vacant

June 13, 1906 – March 3, 1917

Henry Algernon du Pont

March 4, 1917 – July 2, 1921

Josiah Oliver Wolcott

November 7, 1923 – March 3, 1929

Thomas Francis Bayard, Jr.

March 4, 1929 – January 3, 1941

John Gillis Townsend, Jr.

January 3, 1941 – January 3, 1947

James Miller Tunnell

January 3, 1947 – December 31, 1970

John James Williams

January 1, 1971 – January 3, 2001

William Victor Roth, Jr.

January 3, 2001 –

Thomas Richard Carper

 
Senators - Class II

March 4, 1789 – March 3, 1793

Richard Bassett

March 4, 1793 – January 19, 1798

John Middleton Vining

January 19, 1798 – August 11, 1798

Dr. Joshua Clayton

January 17, 1799 – November 6, 1804

William Hill Wells

November 13, 1804 – March 3, 1813

James Asheton Bayard

May 28, 1813, to March 3, 1817

William Hill Wells

March 4, 1817 – May 21, 1826

Nicholas Van Dyke

December 4, 1826 – January 23, 1827

Daniel Rodney

January 23, 1827 – March 3, 1829

Henry Moore Ridgely

March 4, 1829 – December 29, 1836

John Middleton Clayton

January 9, 1837 – March 3, 1847

Thomas Clayton

March 4, 1847 – March 3, 1853

Presley Spruance

March 4, 1853 – November 9, 1856

John Middleton Clayton

November 19, 1856 – January 14, 1857

Joseph Parsons Comegys

January 14, 1857 – March 3, 1859

Martin Waltham Bates

March 4, 1859 – March 3, 1871

Willard Saulsbury, Sr.

January 14, 1857 – March 3, 1859

Martin Waltham Bates

November 14, 1873 – April 6, 1892

Willard Saulsbury, Sr.

March 4, 1871 – March 3, 1889

Eli May Saulsbury

March 4, 1889 – March 3, 1895

Anthony C. Higgins

March 4, 1895–January 18, 1897

Vacant

January 19, 1897 – March 3, 1901

Richard Rolland Kenney

March 4, 1901–March 1, 1903

Vacant

March 2, 1903 – March 3, 1907

James Frank Allee

March 4, 1907 – March 3, 1913

Harry Alden Richardson

March 4, 1913 – March 3, 1919

Willard Saulsbury, Jr.

March 4, 1919 – March 3, 1925

Dr. Lewis Heisler Ball

March 4, 1925 – December 9, 1928

Thomas Coleman du Pont

December 10, 1928 – January 3, 1937

Daniel Oren Hastings

January 3, 1937 – January 3, 1943

James Hurd Hughes

January 3, 1943 – January 3, 1949

Clayton Douglass Buck

January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1961

Joseph Allen Frear, Jr.

January 3, 1961 – January 3, 1973

James Caleb Boggs

January 3, 1973 – January 3, 2009

Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr.

January 3, 2009 –

Edward E. Kaufman

 
State Song

Our Delaware

Written by George B. Hynson
Composed by M. S. Brown

Oh the hills of dear New Castle,
and the smiling vales between,
When the corn is all in tassel,
And the meadowlands are green;
Where the cattle crop the clover,
And its breath is in the air,
While the sun is shining over
Our beloved Delaware.

Chorus

Where the wheat fields break and billow,
In the peaceful land of Kent,
Where the toiler seeks his pillow,
With the blessings of content;
Where the bloom that tints the peaches,
Cheeks of merry maidens share,
And the woodland chorus preaches
A rejoicing Delaware.

Chorus

Dear old Sussex visions linger,
Of the holly and the pine,
Of Henlopens Jeweled finger,
Flashing out across the brine;
Of the gardens and the hedges,
And the welcome waiting there,
For the loyal son that pledges
Faith to good old Delaware.

Chorus

From New Castle's rolling meadows,
Through the fair rich fields of Kent,
To the Sussex shores hear echoes,
Of the pledge we now present;
Liberty and Independence,
We will guard with loyal care,
And hold fast to freedom's presence,
In our home state Delaware.

Chorus

Oh our Delaware! Our beloved Delaware!
For the sun is shining over our beloved Delaware,
Oh our Delaware! Our beloved Delaware!
Heres the loyal son that pledges,
Faith to good old Delaware.

Oh Deleware was adopted as the official state song in 1925.
The verses recognize each of Delaware's three counties.

Click Left Triangle to Play Melody
State Population

1790: 59,096

1800: 64,273

1810: 72,674

1820: 24,057

1830: 76,675

1840: 78,085

1850: 91,532

1860: 112,216

1870: 125,015

1880: 146,608

1890: 168,493

1900: 184,735

1910: 202,322

1920: 223,003

1930: 238,380

1940: 266,505

1950: 318,085

1960: 446,292

1970: 548,104

1980: 594,338

1990: 666,168

2000: 783,600


State Capitol Building 1907