George Truitt

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George Truitt
no known portrait exists
Governor of Delaware
In office
January 19, 1808 – January 15, 1811
Preceded by Nathaniel Mitchell
Succeeded by Joseph Haslet
Personal details
Born 1756
Kent County, Delaware
Died October 8, 1818(1818-10-08) (aged 62)
Kent County, Delaware
Political party Federalist
Spouse(s) Margaret (Mary) Hodgson
Residence Kent County, Delaware
Occupation farmer
Religion Methodist

George Truitt (1756 – October 8, 1818) was an American farmer and politician from Murderkill Hundred, in Kent County, Delaware, near Felton. He was a member of the Federalist Party, who served in the Delaware General Assembly and as Governor of Delaware.

Early life and family[edit]

Truitt was born in Murderkill Hundred, Kent County, Delaware, near Felton. His Father was Samuel Truitt,b.1733 Worcester,Maryland d.1788 Worcester,Maryland his Mother was Ester Sturgis b.1737 Somerset.Maryland d.1777. he was certainly a descendent of a George Truitt who settled in Accomack County, Virginia in the 17th century. He married Margaret "Mary" Hodgson and they had one child, Sarah. Their farm and primary residence was later known as Frazier Farm and is located east of Felton on the Canterbury Road, now State Route 15. They also had a home at 12 South Main Street in Camden. They were members of the Methodist Church.

Professional and political career[edit]

He began his political career as a delegate to the state convention which ratified the United States Constitution of 1787. He then served five years in the State House from the 1788/89 session through the 1791/92 session and again in the 1794 session. He then served most of two terms in the State Senate, from the 1803 session through the 1807 session. In 1807 he was elected Governor of Delaware, defeating Joseph Haslet the Democratic-Republican Party candidate. Truitt took office January 19, 1808 and served until January 15, 1811.

Like other Governors, Truitt was concerned about issues like slavery, penal reform, and public education. A new issue arose during his term, however. Due to increasing tensions with Great Britain, the U.S. government had directed Delaware to create and equip a militia of 1300 men. The General Assembly, in turn requested Federal fortification of Wilmington, New Castle, Port Penn, Reedy Island, and Lewes. Being descendant of George Truitt 1640 who landed in Va. on a land grant from Kind George of England. Who exchanged hos land in Northern England for the tract in the New world.

Death and legacy[edit]

Truitt died at his farm in Murderkill Hundred, Kent County, near Felton and was buried there. In 1903 he was reburied in the Barratt's Chapel Cemetery near Frederica, Delaware. The Gov. George Truitt House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.[1]

No known portrait of George Truitt exists.

Delaware General Assembly
(sessions while Governor)
Year Assembly Senate Majority Speaker House Majority Speaker
1808 32nd Federalist James Sykes Federalist Stephen Lewis
1809 33rd Federalist James Sykes Federalist Stephen Lewis
1810 34th Federalist James Sykes Federalist Stephen Lewis

Almanac[edit]

Elections were held October 1 and members of the General Assembly took office on October 20 or the following weekday. State Assemblymen had a one-year term.

Beginning in 1792 elections were held the first Tuesday of October and members of the General Assembly took office the first Tuesday of January. The State Legislative Council was renamed the State Senate and the State House of Assembly became the State House of Representatives. State Senators had a three-year term and State Representatives had a one-year term. The Governor takes office the third Tuesday of January and had a three-year term.

Public Offices
Office Type Location Began office Ended office notes
Delegate Convention Dover December 7, 1787 ratification
Assemblyman Legislature Dover October 20, 1788 October 20, 1789
Assemblyman Legislature Dover October 20, 1789 October 20, 1790
Assemblyman Legislature Dover October 20, 1790 October 20, 1791
Assemblyman Legislature Dover October 20, 1791 October 20, 1792
State Representative Legislature Dover January 7, 1794 January 6, 1795
State Senator Legislature Dover January 4, 1803 January 7, 1806
State Senator Legislature Dover January 7, 1806 January 19, 1808
Governor Executive Dover January 19, 1808 January 15, 1811
Delaware General Assembly service
Dates Assembly Chamber Majority Governor Committees District
1788/89 13th State House non partisan Thomas Collins Kent at-large
1789/90 14th State House non partisan Joshua Clayton Kent at-large
1790/91 15th State House non partisan Joshua Clayton Kent at-large
1791/92 16th State House non partisan Joshua Clayton Kent at-large
1794 18th State House Federalist Joshua Clayton Kent at-large
1803 27th State Senate Federalist David Hall Kent at-large
1804 28th State Senate Federalist David Hall Kent at-large
1805 29th State Senate Federalist Nathaniel Mitchell Kent at-large
1806 30th State Senate Federalist Nathaniel Mitchell Kent at-large
1807 31st State Senate Federalist Nathaniel Mitchell Kent at-large
Election results
Year Office Subject Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes %
1807 Governor George Truitt Federalist 3,309 52% Joseph Haslet Democratic-Republican 3,062 48%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  • Conrad, Henry C. (1908). History of the State of Delaware. Lancaster, Pennsylvania: Wickersham Company. 
  • Martin, Roger A. (1984). A History of Delaware Through its Governors. Wilmington, Delaware: McClafferty Press. 
  • Martin, Roger A. (1995). Memoirs of the Senate. Newark, Delaware: Roger A. Martin. 
  • Scharf, John Thomas (1888). History of Delaware 1609-1888. 2 vols. Philadelphia: L. J. Richards & Co. ISBN 0-87413-493-5. 
  • Wilson, Emerson. (1969). Forgotten Heroes of Delaware. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Deltos Publishing Company. 

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