81st Delaware General Assembly

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John W. Hall
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81st General Assembly
In office
January 4, 1881 – January 3, 1883
Preceded by 80th Assembly
Succeeded by 82nd Assembly

The 81st 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 after November 1st and terms began in Dover on the first Tuesday in January. This date was January 4, 1881, which was two weeks before the beginning of the third administrative year of Governor John W. Hall.

Currently the distribution of the Senate Assembly seats was made to three senators for each of the three counties. Likewise the current distribution of the House Assembly seats was made to seven representatives for each of the three counties. The actual population changes of the county did not directly affect the number of senators or representatives at this time.

In the 81st Delaware General Assembly session, both chambers had a Democratic majority.



House of Representatives[edit]



Senators were normally elected by the public for a four-year term; although many were selected to fill the remainder of a vacant position.

New Castle County
  • Howard Betts
  • Joseph W. Cooch
  • Charles H. McWhorter
Kent County
  • Samuel B. Cooper
  • Charles J. Harrington
  • Caleb S. Pennewill
Sussex County
  • Isaac Conaway
  • Andrew J. Horsey
  • Catesby F. Rust

House of Representative[edit]

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

New Castle County
  • Edward G. Bradford, Jr.
  • David Eastburn
  • Andrew Eliason
  • John Pilling
  • Henry Swayne
  • George L. Townsend
  • Henry H. Woodkeeper
Kent County
  • Alfred H. Cahall
  • John W. Graham
  • Abraham Moor
  • Charles H. Register
  • Moses S. Van Burkalow
  • Amos C. Williams
  • Reynear Williams
Sussex County
  • William P. Jones
  • Philip C. Mathews
  • Joseph G. McNeal
  • Peter Robinson
  • Amos J. Stayton
  • Peter W. Tomlinson
  • Thomas N. Williams


  • Hoffecker, Carol E. (2004). Democracy in Delaware. Wilmington, Delaware: Cedar Tree Books. ISBN 1-892142-23-6. 
  • Martin, Roger A. (1995). Memoirs of the Senate. Newark, Delaware: Roger A. Martin. 

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