List of governors of Delaware

Governor of Delaware
Seal of Delaware.svg
John C. Carney Jr. official portrait 112th Congress (cropped).jpg
Incumbent
John Carney

since January 17, 2017
Style The Honorable
Residence Delaware Governor's Mansion
Dover, Delaware
Term length Four years, renewable once
Inaugural holder John McKinly
Formation February 12, 1777
Deputy Bethany Hall-Long
Salary $171,000 (2013)[1]
Website governor.delaware.gov

The Governor of Delaware (President of Delaware from 1776 to 1792) is the head of the executive branch of Delaware's state government and the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces. The governor has a duty to enforce state laws, and the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the Delaware Legislature, to convene the legislature,[2] and to grant pardons, except in cases of impeachment, and only with the recommendation of the Board of Pardons.[3]

There have been 71 people who have served as governor, over 74 distinct terms. Additionally, Henry Molleston was elected, but died before he could take office. Only four governors have been elected to two consecutive terms, with the longest-serving being Ruth Ann Minner, who was elected twice after succeeding to the office, serving a total of just over eight years. The shortest term is that of Dale E. Wolf, who served 18 days following his predecessor's resignation; David P. Buckson served 19 days under similar circumstances. The current governor is Democrat John Carney, who took office on January 17, 2017.

Governors

Before 1776, Delaware was a colony of the Kingdom of Great Britain, administered by colonial governors in Pennsylvania as the "Lower Counties on Delaware".

In 1776, soon after Delaware and the other Thirteen Colonies declared independence from Britain, the state adopted its first state constitution. It created the office of President of Delaware, a chief executive to be chosen by the legislature to serve a term of three years.[4]

The office of President was renamed Governor by the constitution of 1792,[5] which set the commencement date of the term to the third Tuesday in the January following an election, and limited governors to serving only three out of any six years.[6] The term was lengthened to four years by the 1831 constitution, but governors were limited to a single term.[7] The current constitution of 1897 allows governors to serve two terms.[8]

The 1776 constitution stated that if the presidency were vacant, the speaker of the legislative council would be a vice-president.[9] The 1792 constitution has the speaker of the senate exercising the office when it is vacant, and the 1897 constitution created the office of lieutenant governor,[10] upon whom the office devolves in case of vacancy.[11] The offices of governor and lieutenant governor are elected at the same time but not on the same ticket.

Governors of the State of Delaware [a]
No.[b] Governor[c] Term in office Party Election Lt. Governor[d][e]
1   John McKinly February 12, 1777
–
September 12, 1777[f]
(arrested and removed)[g]
No parties 1777 Office did not exist
β€” Vacant September 12, 1777
–
September 22, 1777
Office vacant
due to war
[g]
2 ThomasMcKean.gif   Thomas McKean September 22, 1777
–
October 20, 1777
(successor took office)
Speaker of the
Assembly
acting as
Vice-President
[h]
3 GeorgeRead.gif George Read October 20, 1777
–
March 31, 1778
(not candidate for election)
Speaker of the
Legislative
Council
serving as
Vice-President
[h]
4 CaesarRodney.jpeg Caesar Rodney March 31, 1778
–
November 6, 1781
(not candidate for election)
1778
5 JohnDickinson4.gif John Dickinson November 13, 1781
–
January 12, 1783
(resigned)[i]
1781
6 John Cook November 4, 1782
–
February 1, 1783
(not candidate for election)
Speaker of the
Legislative
Council
serving as
Vice-President
7 Nicholas Van Dyke February 1, 1783
–
October 28, 1786
(not candidate for election)
1783
(special)
8 ThomasCollins.gif Thomas Collins October 28, 1786
–
March 29, 1789
(died in office)
1786
9 Jehu Davis March 29, 1789
–
June 2, 1789
(not candidate for election)
Speaker of the
Legislative
Council
serving as
Vice-President
10 JoshuaClayton.gif Joshua Clayton June 2, 1789
–
January 19, 1796
(not candidate for election)
Federalist 1789
1792
11 Gunning Bedford Sr. January 19, 1796
–
September 30, 1797
(died in office)
Federalist 1795
12 Daniel Rogers September 30, 1797
–
January 9, 1799
(not candidate for election)
Federalist Speaker of
the Senate
acting as
Governor
13 Richard bassett.jpg Richard Bassett January 9, 1799[j]
–
March 3, 1801
(resigned)[k]
Federalist 1798
14 James Sykes March 3, 1801
–
January 19, 1802
(not candidate for election)
Federalist Speaker of
the Senate
acting as
Governor
15 David Hall January 19, 1802
–
January 15, 1805
(term limited)
Democratic-Republican 1801
16 Nathaniel Mitchell January 15, 1805
–
January 19, 1808
(term limited)
Federalist 1804
17 George Truitt January 19, 1808
–
January 15, 1811
(term limited)
Federalist 1807
18 Joseph Haslet January 15, 1811
–
January 18, 1814
(term limited)
Democratic-Republican 1810
19 Daniel Rodney.jpg Daniel Rodney January 18, 1814
–
January 21, 1817
(term limited)
Federalist 1813
20 John Clark January 21, 1817
–
January 18, 1820
(term limited)
Federalist 1816
β€” Henry Molleston Died before
taking office
[l]
Federalist 1819
21 Jacob Stout January 18, 1820
–
January 16, 1821
(not candidate for election)
Federalist Speaker of
the Senate
acting as
Governor
22 John Collins January 16, 1821
–
April 16, 1822
(died in office)
Democratic-Republican 1820
(special)[m]
23 Caleb Rodney April 23, 1822
–
January 21, 1823
(not candidate for election)
Federalist Speaker of
the Senate
acting as
Governor
24 Joseph Haslet January 21, 1823
–
June 20, 1823
(died in office)
Democratic-Republican 1822
25 Charles Thomas June 23, 1823[n]
–
January 20, 1824
(not candidate for election)
Democratic-Republican Speaker of
the Senate
acting as
Governor
26 SamuelPaynter.gif Samuel Paynter January 20, 1824
–
January 16, 1827
(term limited)
Federalist 1823
(special)[o]
27 CharlesPolk.png Charles Polk Jr. January 16, 1827
–
January 19, 1830
(term limited)
Federalist 1826
28 DavidHazzard.png David Hazzard January 19, 1830
–
January 15, 1833
(term limited)
National Republican 1829
29 CalebBennett.png Caleb P. Bennett January 15, 1833
–
May 9, 1836
(died in office)
Democratic 1832[p]
30 CharlesPolk.png Charles Polk Jr. May 9, 1836
–
January 17, 1837
(not candidate for election)
Whig Speaker of
the Senate
acting as
Governor
31 CorneliusComegys.png Cornelius P. Comegys January 17, 1837
–
January 19, 1841
(term limited)
Whig 1836
32 William B. Cooper January 19, 1841
–
January 21, 1845
(term limited)
Whig 1840
33 ThomasStockton.gif Thomas Stockton January 21, 1845
–
March 2, 1846
(died in office)
Whig 1844
34 JosephMaull.gif Joseph Maull March 2, 1846
–
May 3, 1846
(died in office)
Whig Speaker of
the Senate
acting as
Governor
35 WilliamTemple.gif William Temple May 6, 1846
–
January 19, 1847
(not candidate for election)
Whig Speaker of
the Senate
acting as
Governor
36 WilliamTharp.gif William Tharp January 19, 1847
–
January 21, 1851
(term limited)
Democratic 1846
(special)[q]
37 WilliamRoss.gif William H. H. Ross January 21, 1851
–
January 16, 1855
(term limited)
Democratic 1850
38 PeterCausey.gif Peter F. Causey January 16, 1855
–
January 18, 1859
(term limited)
American 1854
39 William Burton (governor).jpg William Burton January 18, 1859
–
January 20, 1863
(term limited)
Democratic 1858
40 WilliamCannon.gif William Cannon January 20, 1863
–
March 1, 1865
(died in office)
Republican 1862
41 GoveSaulsbury.gif Gove Saulsbury March 1, 1865
–
January 17, 1871
(term limited)
Democratic Speaker of
the Senate
acting as
Governor
1866
42 JamesPonder.gif James Ponder January 17, 1871
–
January 19, 1875
(term limited)
Democratic 1870
43 CochranJohn.png John P. Cochran January 19, 1875
–
January 21, 1879
(term limited)
Democratic 1874
44 HallJohnWood.gif John W. Hall January 21, 1879
–
January 16, 1883
(term limited)
Democratic 1878
45 StockleyCharles.gif Charles C. Stockley January 16, 1883
–
January 18, 1887
(term limited)
Democratic 1882
46 BenjaminBiggs.png Benjamin T. Biggs January 18, 1887
–
January 20, 1891
(term limited)
Democratic 1886
47 RobertReynolds.gif Robert J. Reynolds January 20, 1891
–
January 15, 1895
(term limited)
Democratic 1890
48 MarvilJoshua.gif Joshua H. Marvil January 15, 1895
–
April 8, 1895
(died in office)
Republican 1894
49 WilliamTharpWatson.gif William T. Watson April 8, 1895
–
January 19, 1897
(not candidate for election)
Democratic Speaker of
the Senate
acting as
Governor
50 Ebetunnell.png Ebe W. Tunnell January 19, 1897
–
January 15, 1901
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1896[r]
51 Hunn.gif John Hunn January 15, 1901
–
January 17, 1905
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1900   Philip L. Cannon
52 Preston Lea.gif Preston Lea January 17, 1905
–
January 19, 1909
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1904 Isaac T. Parker
53 PENNEWILL, S.S. GOVERNOR LCCN2016857560 (cropped).jpg Simeon S. Pennewill January 19, 1909
–
January 21, 1913
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1908 John M. Mendinhall
54 Miller 2989417695 76253e1e15 o.jpg Charles R. Miller January 21, 1913
–
January 16, 1917
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1912 Colen Ferguson[s]
55 John G. Townsend, Jr.jpg John G. Townsend Jr. January 16, 1917
–
January 18, 1921
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1916 Lewis E. Eliason[s]
56 William D. Denney January 18, 1921
–
January 20, 1925
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1920 J. Danforth Bush
57 Robert P. Robinson January 20, 1925
–
January 15, 1929
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1924 James H. Anderson
58 C. Douglass Buck.jpg C. Douglass Buck January 15, 1929
–
January 19, 1937
(term limited)
Republican 1928 James H. Hazel
1932 Roy F. Corley
59 Richard McMullen January 19, 1937
–
January 21, 1941
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1936 Edward W. Cooch
60 Walter W. Bacon January 21, 1941
–
January 18, 1949
(term limited)
Republican 1940 Isaac J. MacCollum[s]
1944 Elbert N. Carvel[s]
61 Elbert N. Carvel 1962.jpg Elbert N. Carvel January 18, 1949
–
January 20, 1953
(lost election)
Democratic 1948 Alexis I. du Pont Bayard
62 BoggsCaleb.jpg J. Caleb Boggs January 20, 1953
–
December 30, 1960
(resigned)[t]
Republican 1952 John W. Rollins
1956 David P. Buckson
63 David Buckson.png David P. Buckson December 30, 1960
–
January 17, 1961
(successor took office)
Republican Succeeded from
Lieutenant
Governor
Vacant
64 Elbert N. Carvel 1962.jpg Elbert N. Carvel January 17, 1961
–
January 19, 1965
(term limited)
Democratic 1960 Eugene Lammot
65 Charles L. Terry Jr. January 19, 1965
–
January 21, 1969
(lost election)
Democratic 1964 Sherman W. Tribbitt
66 Russell W. Peterson January 21, 1969
–
January 16, 1973
(lost election)
Republican 1968 Eugene Bookhammer[u]
67 Sherman W. Tribbitt January 16, 1973
–
January 18, 1977
(lost election)
Democratic 1972
68 DupontPETE (cropped).jpg Pete du Pont January 18, 1977
–
January 15, 1985
(term limited)
Republican 1976 James D. McGinnis[s]
1980 Mike Castle
69 Mike Castle 1982.jpg Mike Castle January 15, 1985
–
December 31, 1992
(resigned)[v]
Republican 1984 Shien Biau Woo[s]
1988 Dale E. Wolf
70 Dale E. Wolf December 31, 1992
–
January 19, 1993
(successor took office)
Republican Succeeded from
Lieutenant
Governor
Vacant
71 Thomas Carper.jpg Tom Carper January 19, 1993
–
January 3, 2001
(resigned)[w]
Democratic 1992 Ruth Ann Minner
1996
72 Ruth Ann Minner.jpg Ruth Ann Minner January 3, 2001
–
January 20, 2009
(term limited)
Democratic Succeeded from
Lieutenant
Governor
Vacant
2000 John Carney
2004
73 MarkellJackA (cropped).jpg Jack Markell January 20, 2009
–
January 17, 2017
(term limited)
Democratic 2008 Matthew Denn
(resigned January 6, 2015)
2012
Vacant
74 John C. Carney Jr. official portrait 112th Congress (cropped).jpg John Carney January 17, 2017
–
present[x]
Democratic 2016 Bethany Hall-Long

Succession

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