List of lieutenant governors of Delaware

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A listing of the lieutenant governors of the State of Delaware. The Office of Lieutenant Governor was created by the Delaware Constitution of 1897, and the first election took place in 1900.

Parties

  Democratic (14)   Republican (12)


# Lt. Governor Took Office Left Office Governor(s) served under Party
1 Philip L. Cannon January 15, 1901 January 17, 1905 John Hunn Republican
2 Isaac T. Parker January 17, 1905 January 19, 1909 Preston Lea Republican
3 John M. Mendinhall January 19, 1909 January 21, 1913 Simeon S. Pennewill Republican
4 Colen Ferguson January 21, 1913 January 16, 1917 Charles R. Miller (Republican) Democratic
5 Lewis T. Eliason January 16, 1917 January 18, 1921 John G. Townsend, Jr. (Republican) Democratic
6 J. Danforth Bush January 18, 1921 January 20, 1925 William D. Denney Republican
7 James H. Anderson January 20, 1925 January 15, 1929 Robert P. Robinson Republican
8 James H. Hazel January 15, 1929 January 17, 1933 C. Douglass Buck Republican
9 Roy F. Corley January 17, 1933 January 19, 1937 C. Douglass Buck Republican
10 Edward W. Cooch January 19, 1937 January 21, 1941 Richard C. McMullen Democratic
11 Isaac J. MacCollum January 21, 1941 January 16, 1945 Walter W. Bacon Democratic
12 Elbert N. Carvel January 16, 1945 January 18, 1949 Walter W. Bacon Democratic
13 Alexis I. du Pont Bayard January 18, 1949 January 20, 1953 Elbert N. Carvel Democratic
14 John W. Rollins January 20, 1953 January 15, 1957 J. Caleb Boggs Republican
15 David P. Buckson January 15, 1957 December 30, 1960 J. Caleb Boggs Republican
16 Eugene Lammot January 17, 1961 January 19, 1965 Elbert N. Carvel Democratic
17 Sherman W. Tribbitt January 19, 1965 January 21, 1969 Charles L. Terry, Jr. Democratic
18 Eugene Bookhammer January 21, 1969 January 18, 1977 Russell W. Peterson (Republican)
Sherman W. Tribbitt (Democratic)
Republican
19 James D. McGinnis January 18, 1977 January 20, 1981 Pierre S. du Pont IV (Republican) Democratic
20 Michael N. Castle January 20, 1981 January 15, 1985 Pierre S. du Pont IV Republican
21 Shien Biau Woo January 15, 1985 January 20, 1989 Michael N. Castle Democratic
22 Dale E. Wolf January 20, 1989 December 31, 1992 Michael N. Castle Republican
23 Ruth Ann Minner January 19, 1993 January 3, 2001 Thomas Carper Democratic
24 John Carney January 16, 2001 January 20, 2009 Ruth Ann Minner Democratic
25 Matthew Denn January 20, 2009 January 6, 2015 Jack Markell Democratic
26 Bethany Hall-Long January 17, 2017 present John Carney Democratic

Living former Lieutenant Governors of Delaware[edit]

As of March 2018, six former lieutenant governors of Delaware are living, the oldest being Shien Biau Woo (in office 1985–1989, born 1937). The most recent death of a former lieutenant governor of Delaware was that of David P. Buckson (served 1957-1960, born 1920), who died on February 23, 2013. The most recently serving lieutenant governor to die was James D. McGinnis (served 1977-1981, born 1932) on February 24, 2009.

Lt. Governor Lt. Gubernatorial term Date of birth (and age)
Michael N. Castle 1981–1985 (1939-07-02) July 2, 1939 (age 78)
Shien Biau Woo 1985–1989 (1937-08-13) August 13, 1937 (age 80)
Dale E. Wolf 1989–1992 (1924-09-06) September 6, 1924 (age 93)
Ruth Ann Minner 1993–2001 (1935-01-17) January 17, 1935 (age 83)
John Carney 2001–2009 (1956-05-20) May 20, 1956 (age 62)
Matthew Denn 2009–2015 (1966-02-09) February 9, 1966 (age 52)

References[edit]

  • Martin, Roger A. (1984). A History of Delaware Through its Governors. McClafferty Press, Wilmington. 
  • Pickett, Russell S. (2006). Delaware and U.S.History. Retrieved January 1, 2006.
  • Kestenbaum, Lawrence (2006). The Political Graveyard. Retrieved January 1, 2006.