United States congressional delegations from Delaware

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This is a chronological listing, in timeline format, of the United States Congressional Delegations from Delaware to the United States Senate and United States House of Representatives. U.S Senators are elected by popular vote for a six-year term, beginning January 3. Since 1831, elections in Delaware have been held in the first week of November of the year noted. Before 1914 United States Senators were chosen by the Delaware General Assembly and before 1935 all Congressional terms began March 4.

The dates for the various Congress represent the range of dates they could have been in session, rather than the actual dates of the sessions. Congressional terms began on March 4 through 1933. Since 1935 they have begun on January 3. The juxtaposition of the terms with the sessions is approximate; see the footnotes for actual dates of special appointments, elections, resignations or deaths.

Current delegation
Tom Carper
Senator Tom Carper
(D)
Chris Coons
Senator Chris Coons
(D)

John Carney (politician)
Rep. John Carney
(D)
Delaware's current delegation

United States Senate[edit]

The alternating grey and white boxes indicate the duration of the six-year Senate terms.

Class 1 Senator Congress Class 2 Senator
George Read (F)   1st
(1789–1791)
  Richard Bassett (F)
  2nd
(1791–1793)
Vacant 3rd
(1793–1795)
  John M. Vining (F)
Henry Latimer (F) 4th
(1795–1797)
  5th
(1797–1799)
Joshua Clayton (F)
6th
(1799–1801)
  William H. Wells (F)
Samuel White (F) 7th
(1801–1803)
  8th
(1803–1805)
9th
(1805–1807)
  James A. Bayard, Sr. (F)
10th
(1807–1809)
Outerbridge Horsey (F)   11th
(1809–1811)
12th
(1811–1813)
 
13th
(1813–1815)
William H. Wells (F)
  14th
(1815–1817)
15th
(1817–1819)
  Nicholas Van Dyke (F)
16th
(1819–1821)
Vacant   17th
(1821–1823)
Vacant 18th
(1823–1825)
 
19th
(1825–1827)
Daniel Rodney (Anti-J)
Louis McLane (D)   20th
(1827–1829)
Henry M. Ridgely (D)
Arnold Naudain (W) 21st
(1829–1831)
  John M. Clayton (W)
22nd
(1831–1833)
  23rd
(1833–1835)
Richard H. Bayard (W) 24th
(1835–1837)
 
25th
(1837–1839)
Thomas Clayton (W)
Vacant   26th
(1839–1841)
Richard H. Bayard (W) 27th
(1841–1843)
 
28th
(1843–1845)
John M. Clayton (W)   29th
(1845–1847)
30th
(1847–1849)
  Presley Spruance (W)
John Wales (W) 31st
(1849–1851)
James A. Bayard, Jr. (D)   32nd
(1851–1853)
33rd
(1853–1855)
  John M. Clayton (W)
34th
(1855–1857)
Joseph P. Comegys (W)
  35th
(1857–1859)
Martin W. Bates (D)
36th
(1859–1861)
  Willard Saulsbury, Sr. (D)
37th
(1861–1863)
George R. Riddle (D)   38th
(1863–1865)
39th
(1865–1867)
 
James A. Bayard, Jr. (D) 40th
(1867–1869)
Thomas F. Bayard, Sr. (D)   41st
(1869–1871)
42nd
(1871–1873)
  Eli M. Saulsbury (D)
43rd
(1873–1875)
  44th
(1875–1877)
45th
(1877–1879)
 
46th
(1879–1881)
  47th
(1881–1883)
48th
(1883–1885)
 
George Gray (D) 49th
(1885–1887)
  50th
(1887–1889)
51st
(1889–1891)
  Anthony Higgins (R)
52nd
(1891–1893)
  53rd
(1893–1895)
54th
(1895–1897)
  Vacant
55th
(1897–1899)
Richard R. Kenney (D)
Vacant   56th
(1899–1901)
57th
(1901–1903)
  Vacant
L. Heisler Ball (R) 58th
(1903–1905)
J. Frank Allee (R)
Vacant   59th
(1905–1907)
Henry A. du Pont (R) 60th
(1907–1909)
  Harry A. Richardson (R)
61st
(1909–1911)
  62nd
(1911–1913)
63rd
(1913–1915)
  Willard Saulsbury, Jr. (D)
64th
(1915–1917)
Josiah O. Wolcott (D)   65th
(1917–1919)
66th
(1919–1921)
  L. Heisler Ball (R)
T. Coleman du Pont (R) 67th
(1921–1923)
Thomas F. Bayard, Jr. (D)   68th
(1923–1925)
69th
(1925–1927)
  T. Coleman du Pont (R)
70th
(1927–1929)
John G. Townsend, Jr. (R)   71st
(1929–1931)
Daniel O. Hastings (R)
72nd
(1931–1933)
 
73rd
(1933–1935)
  74th
(1935–1937)
75th
(1937–1939)
  James H. Hughes (D)
76th
(1939–1941)
James M. Tunnell (D)   77th
(1941–1943)
78th
(1943–1945)
  C. Douglass Buck (R)
79th
(1945–1947)
John J. Williams (R)   80th
(1947–1949)
81st
(1949–1951)
  J. Allen Frear, Jr. (D)
82nd
(1951–1953)
  83rd
(1953–1955)
84th
(1955–1957)
 
85th
(1957–1959)
  86th
(1959–1961)
87th
(1961–1963)
  J. Caleb Boggs (R)
88th
(1963–1965)
  89th
(1965–1967)
90th
(1967–1969)
 
91st
(1969–1971)
William V. Roth, Jr. (R)   92nd
(1971–1973)
93rd
(1973–1975)
  Joe Biden (D)
94th
(1975–1977)
  95th
(1977–1979)
96th
(1979–1981)
 
97th
(1981–1983)
  98th
(1983–1985)
99th
(1985–1987)
 
100th
(1987–1989)
  101st
(1989–1991)
102nd
(1991–1993)
 
103rd
(1993–1995)
  104th
(1995–1997)
105th
(1997–1999)
 
106th
(1999–2001)
Tom Carper (D)   107th
(2001–2003)
108th
(2003–2005)
 
109th
(2005–2007)
  110th
(2007–2009)
111th
(2009–2011)
 
  Ted Kaufman (D)
  Chris Coons (D)
112th
(2011–2013)
 
  113th
(2013–2015)
114th
(2015–2017)
 

United States House of Representatives[edit]

U.S Representatives are elected by popular vote for a two-year term, beginning January 3. Since 1831, Delaware elections have been held the first week of November of the year noted. Before 1831, elections were held in October and before 1935 all Congressional terms began March 4.

In Delaware all representatives have been elected from the state at large, rather than by district. There has always been the minimum one representative, except for the Thirteenth through Seventeenth Congress (1813–1823), when there were two representatives.

Congress Representative
(at large)
1st
(1789–1791)
John M. Vining (Pro-Admin)
2nd
(1791–1793)
3rd
(1793–1795)
John Patten (D-R)[1]
Henry Latimer (F)[2][3]
4th
(1795–1797)
John Patten (D-R)
5th
(1797–1799)
James A. Bayard, Sr. (F)
6th
(1799–1801)
7th
(1801–1803)
8th
(1803–1805)
Caesar A. Rodney (D-R)
9th
(1805–1807)
James M. Broom (F)[4]
10th
(1807–1809)
Nicholas Van Dyke (F)[5]
11th
(1809–1811)
12th
(1811–1813)
Henry M. Ridgely (F)
Congress Representative
(at large)
Representative
(at large)
13th
(1813–1815)
Henry M. Ridgely (F) Thomas Cooper (F)
14th
(1815–1817)
Thomas Clayton (F)
15th
(1817–1819)
Louis McLane (F) Willard Hall (D-R)[6]
16th
(1819–1821)
17th
(1821–1823)
Caesar A. Rodney (D-R)[7]
Daniel Rodney (F) [8]
Congress Representative
(at large)
18th
(1823–1825)
Louis McLane (F)[9]
19th
(1825–1827)
20th
(1827–1829)
Kensey Johns, Jr. (F)[10]
21st
(1829–1831)
22nd
(1831–1833)
John J. Milligan (W)
23rd
(1833–1835)
24th
(1835–1837)
25th
(1837–1839)
26th
(1839–1841)
Thomas Robinson, Jr. (D)
27th
(1841–1843)
George B. Rodney (W)
28th
(1843–1845)
29th
(1845–1847)
John W. Houston (W)
30th
(1847–1849)
31st
(1849–1851)
32nd
(1851–1853)
George R. Riddle (D)
33rd
(1853–1855)
34th
(1855–1857)
Elisha D. Cullen (K-N)
35th
(1857–1859)
William G. Whiteley (D)
36th
(1859–1861)
37th
(1861–1863)
George P. Fisher (R)
38th
(1863–1865)
William Temple (D)[11]
Nathaniel B. Smithers (R)[12]
39th
(1865–1867)
John A. Nicholson (D)
40th
(1867–1869)
41st
(1869–1871)
Benjamin T. Biggs (D)
42nd
(1871–1873)
43rd
(1873–1875)
James R. Lofland (R)
44th
(1875–1877)
James Williams (D)
45th
(1877–1879)
46th
(1879–1881)
Edward L. Martin (D)
47th
(1881–1883)
48th
(1883–1885)
Charles B. Lore (D)
49th
(1885–1887)
50th
(1887–1889)
John B. Penington (D)
51st
(1889–1891)
52nd
(1891–1893)
John W. Causey (D)
53rd
(1893–1895)
54th
(1895–1897)
Jonathan S. Willis (R)
55th
(1897–1899)
L. Irving Handy (D)
56th
(1899–1901)
John H. Hoffecker (R)[13]
Walter O. Hoffecker (R)[14]
57th
(1901–1903)
L. Heisler Ball (R)[15]
58th
(1903–1905)
Henry A. Houston (D)
59th
(1905–1907)
Hiram R. Burton (R)
60th
(1907–1909)
61st
(1909–1911)
William H. Heald (R)
62nd
(1911–1913)
63rd
(1913–1915)
Franklin Brockson (D)
64th
(1915–1917)
Thomas W. Miller (R)
65th
(1917–1919)
Albert F. Polk (D)
66th
(1919–1921)
Caleb R. Layton (R)
67th
(1921–1923)
68th
(1923–1925)
William H. Boyce (D)
69th
(1925–1927)
Robert G. Houston (R)
70th
(1927–1929)
71st
(1929–1931)
72nd
(1931–1933)
73rd
(1933–1935)
Wilbur L. Adams (D)
74th
(1935–1937)
J. George Stewart (R)
75th
(1937–1939)
William F. Allen (D)
76th
(1939–1941)
George S. Williams (R)
77th
(1941–1943)
Philip A. Traynor (D)
78th
(1943–1945)
Earle D. Willey (R)
79th
(1945–1947)
Philip A. Traynor (D)
80th
(1947–1949)
J. Caleb Boggs (R)
81st
(1949–1951)
82nd
(1951–1953)
83rd
(1953–1955)
Herbert B. Warburton (R)
84th
(1955–1957)
Harris B. McDowell, Jr. (D)
85th
(1957–1959)
Harry G. Haskell, Jr. (R)
86th
(1959–1961)
Harris B. McDowell, Jr. (D)
87th
(1961–1963)
88th
(1963–1965)
89th
(1965–1967)
90th
(1967–1969)
William V. Roth, Jr. (R)[16]
91st
(1969–1971)
92nd
(1971–1973)
Pierre S. du Pont, IV (R)
93rd
(1973–1975)
94th
(1975–1977)
95th
(1977–1979)
Thomas B. Evans, Jr. (R)
96th
(1979–1981)
97th
(1981–1983)
98th
(1983–1985)
Thomas R. Carper (D)
99th
(1985–1987)
100th
(1987–1989)
101st
(1989–1991)
102nd
(1991–1993)
103rd
(1993–1995)
Michael N. Castle (R)
104th
(1995–1997)
105th
(1997–1999)
106th
(1999–2001)
107th
(2001–2003)
108th
(2003–2005)
109th
(2005–2007)
110th
(2007–2009)
111th
(2009-2011)
112th
(2011-2013)
John Carney (D)
113th
(2013-2015)
114th
(2015-2017)

Key[edit]

Key to party COLORS and ABBREVIATIONS for Members of the U.S. Congress
American (Know-Nothing) (K-N)
Adams (A),
Anti-Jacksonian (Anti-J),
National Republican (NR)
Anti-Administration (Anti-Admin)
Anti-Masonic (Anti-M)
Conservative (Con)
Democratic (D)
Dixiecrat (Dix),
States' rights (SR)
Democratic-Republican (D-R)
Farmer-Labor (FL)
Federalist (F)
Free Soil (FS)
Free Silver (FSv)
Fusion (FU)
Greenback (GB)
Jacksonian (J)
Non-Partisan League (NPL)
Nullifier (N)
Opposition (O)
Populist (Pop)
Pro-Administration (Pro-Admin)
Progressive (Prog)
Prohibition (Proh)
Readjuster (Rea)
Republican (R)
Socialist (Soc)
Unionist (U)
Whig (W)


Independent,
or None,
or Unaffiliated


Living former Members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Delaware[edit]

As of April 2015, there are four former members of the U.S. House of Representatives from the U.S. State of Delaware who are currently living at this time.

Representative Term of office District Date of birth (and age)
Pierre S. du Pont IV 1971–1977 At-large (1935-01-22) January 22, 1935 (age 80)
Thomas B. Evans, Jr. 1977–1983 At-large (1931-11-05) November 5, 1931 (age 83)
Tom Carper 1983–1993 At-large (1947-01-23) January 23, 1947 (age 68)
Michael Castle 1993–2011 At-large (1939-07-02) July 2, 1939 (age 75)

Living former U.S. Senators from Delaware[edit]

As of April 2015, there are two former U.S. Senators from the U.S. State of Delaware who are currently living at this time, two from Class 2.

Senator Term of office Class Date of birth (and age)
Joe Biden 1973–2009 2 (1942-11-20) November 20, 1942 (age 72)
Ted Kaufman 2009–2010 2 (1939-03-15) March 15, 1939 (age 76)

References[edit]

  • Barone, Michael & Richard E. Cohen (2005). The Almanac of American Politics. Washington: National Journal Group. ISBN 0-89234-112-2. 
  1. ^ contested election, served until February 14, 1794, when a successor was selected.
  2. ^ successfully contested election of John Patten, seated February 14, 1794.
  3. ^ resigned February 7, 1795 to become U.S. Senator.
  4. ^ resigned October 6, 1807, before Tenth Congress assembled.
  5. ^ elected to fill vacancy caused by the resignation of James M. Broom, seated December 2, 1807.
  6. ^ resigned January 22, 1821.
  7. ^ resigned January 24, 1822 to become U.S. Senator.
  8. ^ elected to fill vacancy caused by the resignation of Caesar A. Rodney, seated December 2, 1822.
  9. ^ resigned March 3, 1827 to become U.S. Senator.
  10. ^ elected to fill vacancy caused by the resignation of Louis McLane in the preceding Congress, seated December 3, 1827.
  11. ^ died May 28, 1863, before Congress assembled.
  12. ^ elected to fill vacancy caused by the death of William Temple, seated December 7, 1863.
  13. ^ died June 16, 1900.
  14. ^ elected to fill vacancy caused by the death of John H. Hoffecker, seated December 3, 1900.
  15. ^ resigned March 3, 1903, to become U.S. Senator.
  16. ^ resigned December 31, 1970 to become U.S. Senator.

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