81st Delaware General Assembly
John W. Hall
|81st General Assembly|
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.
- Catesby F. Rust, Sussex County, Democratic
House of Representatives
- Reynear Williams, Kent County, Democratic
Senators were normally elected by the public for a four-year term; although many were selected to fill the remainder of a vacant position.
House of Representative
Representatives were elected by the public for a two-year term.
- 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.
Places with more information
- Delaware Historical Society; website; 505 North Market Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19801; (302) 655-7161
- University of Delaware; Library website; 181 South College Avenue, Newark, Delaware 19717; (302) 831-2965