23rd Delaware General Assembly

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Richard Bassett
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23rd General Assembly
In office
January 1, 1799 – January 7, 1800
Preceded by 22nd Assembly
Succeeded by 24th Assembly

The 23rd Delaware General Assembly was a meeting of the legislative branch of the state government, consisting of the Delaware Senate and the Delaware House of Representatives. Elections were held the first Tuesday of October and terms began on the first Tuesday in January. The Assembly met in the state capital, Dover, convening January 1, 1799, two weeks before the beginning of the first year of the administration of Governor Richard Bassett.

The apportionment of seats was permanently assigned to three senators and seven representatives for each of the three counties. Population of the county did not effect the number of delegates. Both chambers had a Federalist majority.



  • Isaac Davis, Kent County

House of Representatives[edit]

  • Stephen Lewis, Kent County



Senators were elected by the public for a three-year term, one third posted each year.

New Castle County
  • Archibald Alexander
  • Isaac Grantham
  • John James
Kent County
Sussex County
  • unknown
  • Nathaniel Hayes
  • David Owens

House of Representative[edit]

Representatives were elected by the public for a one-year term.

New Castle County
Kent County
  • Joseph Barker
  • William Collins, Jr.
  • Manlove Emerson
  • Stephen Lewis
  • William Sorden
  • John Vining
  • William Warner
Sussex County
  • Isaac Beauchamp
  • Joshua Burton
  • Samuel Paynter, Jr.
  • Thomas Robertson
  • Thomas Sorden
  • Stephen Styer
  • William H. Wells


  • Martin, Roger A. (1995). Memoirs of the Senate. Newark, Delaware: Roger A. Martin. 

Places with more information[edit]