List of lieutenant governors of Delaware

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A listing of the lieutenant governors of the State of Delaware. The Office of Lieutenant Governor was created by the Delaware Constitution of 1897, and the first election took place in 1900.


# Name Took Office Left Office Party Residence County Occupation
1 Philip L. Cannon January 15, 1901 January 17, 1905 Republican
2 Isaac T. Parker January 17, 1905 January 19, 1909 Republican
3 John M. Mendinhall January 19, 1909 January 21, 1913 Republican Newport New Castle
4 Colen Ferguson January 21, 1913 January 16, 1917 Democratic Blackbird Hundred New Castle
5 Lewis T. Eliason January 16, 1917 January 18, 1921 Democratic
6 J. Danforth Bush January 18, 1921 January 20, 1925 Republican
7 James H. Anderson January 20, 1925 January 15, 1929 Republican
8 James H. Hazel January 15, 1929 January 17, 1933 Republican
9 Roy F. Corley January 17, 1933 January 19, 1937 Republican Smyrna Kent Dentist
10 Edward W. Cooch January 19, 1937 January 21, 1941 Democratic
11 Isaac J. MacCollum January 21, 1941 January 16, 1945 Democratic Physician
12 Elbert N. Carvel January 16, 1945 January 18, 1949 Democratic Laurel Sussex Businessman
13 Alexis I. du Pont Bayard January 18, 1949 January 20, 1953 Democratic Wilmington New Castle Lawyer
14 John W. Rollins January 20, 1953 January 15, 1957 Republican Greenville New Castle Businessman
15 David P. Buckson January 15, 1957 December 30, 1960 Republican Camden Kent Lawyer
16 Eugene Lammot January 17, 1961 January 19, 1965 Democratic
17 Sherman W. Tribbitt January 19, 1965 January 21, 1969 Democratic Odessa New Castle Merchant
18 Eugene Bookhammer January 21, 1969 January 18, 1977 Republican
19 James D. McGinnis January 18, 1977 January 20, 1981 Democratic Dover Kent Realtor
20 Michael N. Castle January 20, 1981 January 15, 1985 Republican Wilmington New Castle Lawyer
21 Shien Biau Woo January 15, 1985 January 20, 1989 Democratic Newark New Castle Professor
22 Dale E. Wolf January 20, 1989 December 31, 1992 Republican Wilmington New Castle Executive
23 Ruth Ann Minner January 19, 1993 January 3, 2001 Democratic Milford Kent
24 John C. Carney, Jr. January 16, 2001 January 20, 2009 Democratic Claymont New Castle
25 Matthew P. Denn January 20, 2009 Democratic

Living former lieutenant governors[edit]

As of August 2014, there are six living former lieutenant governors. The most recent death of a former lieutenant governor was that of Eugene Bookhammer (1969-1977), who died on February 23, 2013.

Lieutenant Governor Term of office Date of birth
David P. Buckson 1957-1960 (1920-07-25) July 25, 1920 (age 94)
Michael N. Castle 1981-1985 (1939-07-02) July 2, 1939 (age 75)
Shien Biau Woo 1985-1989 1937 (age 76–77)
Dale E. Wolf 1989-1992 (1924-09-06) September 6, 1924 (age 89)
Ruth Ann Minner 1993-2001 (1935-01-17) January 17, 1935 (age 79)
John C. Carney, Jr. 2001-2009 (1956-05-20) May 20, 1956 (age 58)

References[edit]

  • Martin, Roger A. (1984). A History of Delaware Through its Governors. McClafferty Press, Wilmington. 
  • Pickett, Russell S. (2006). Delaware and U.S.History. Retrieved January 1, 2006.
  • Kestenbaum, Lawrence (2006). The Political Graveyard. Retrieved January 1, 2006.