5th Delaware General Assembly

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Caesar Rodney
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5th General Assembly
In office
October 20, 1780 – October 20, 1781
Preceded by 4th Assembly
Succeeded by 6th Assembly

The 5th Delaware General Assembly was a meeting of the legislative branch of the state government, consisting of the Delaware Legislative Council and the Delaware House of Assembly. Elections were held the first day of October and terms began on the twentieth day of October. It met in Dover, Delaware, convening October 20, 1780, and was the third year of the administration of President Caesar Rodney.

The apportionment of seats was permanently assigned to three councilors and seven assemblymen for each of the three counties. Population of the county did not effect the number of delegates.


Legislative Council[edit]

House of Assembly[edit]

  • Benjamin Caton, Kent County


Legislative Council[edit]

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

New Castle County
  • Richard Cantwell
  • Peter Hyatt
  • Thomas McDonough
Kent County
Sussex County
  • John Clowes
  • William Conwell
  • William Polk

House of Assembly[edit]

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

New Castle County
Kent County
  • Philip Barratt
  • Richard Bassett
  • Benjamin Caton
  • John Clayton
  • William Molleston
  • Jacob Stout
  • Thomas White
Sussex County
  • John Collins
  • Robert Houston
  • Simon Kollock
  • William Peery
  • Burton Waples
  • Nathaniel Young
  • unknown


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

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