William G. Whiteley
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|William G. Whiteley|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Delaware's At-large district
March 4, 1857 – March 3, 1861
|Preceded by||Elisha D. Cullen|
|Succeeded by||George P. Fisher|
|20th Mayor of Wilmington, Delaware|
|Preceded by||Joshua Simms|
|Succeeded by||John P. Allmond|
August 7, 1819|
April 23, 1886 (aged 66)|
|Alma mater||Princeton College|
William Gustavus Whiteley (August 7, 1819 – April 23, 1886) was an American lawyer and politician from Wilmington, in New Castle County, Delaware. He was a member of the Democratic Party, who served in the Delaware General Assembly and as U.S. Representative from Delaware, Mayor of Wilmington, and Associate Judge of the Superior Court of Delaware.
Early life and family
William attended Bullock's School at Wilmington and graduated from Princeton College in 1838. He studied law under James A. Bayard Jr., was admitted to the Delaware Bar in 1841, and began a practice in Wilmington.
Professional and political career
He was the prothonotary of New Castle County from 1852 to 1856, and was elected as a Democrat to the 35th and 36th Congresses, serving from March 4, 1857 to March 3, 1861. While in Congress he was chairman of the Committee on Agriculture in the 35th Congress. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1860 and resumed his occupation as prothonotary of New Castle County from 1862 to 1867.
Whiteley was mayor of Wilmington from 1875 to 1878 and was a member of a commission to settle fishery disputes between New Jersey and Delaware in 1877. He was census enumerator for Delaware in 1880, and was appointed as associate judge of the Superior Court of Delaware from March 31, 1884 until his death.
Death and legacy
Elections are held the first Tuesday after November 1. U.S. Representatives took office March 4 and have a two-year term.
|Office||Type||Location||Began office||Ended office||notes|
|U.S. Representative||Legislature||Washington||March 4, 1857||March 3, 1861|
|Associate Justice||Judiciary||Dover||March 31, 1884||April 23, 1886||Superior Court|
|1857-1859||35th||U.S. House||Democratic||James Buchanan||at-large|
|1859-1861||36th||U.S. House||Democratic||James Buchanan||at-large|
|1856||U.S. Representative||William G. Whiteley||Democratic||8,111||56%||Elisha D. Cullen||American||6,360||44%|
|1858||U.S. Representative||William G. Whiteley||Democratic||7,868||51%||William R. Morris||American||7,452||49%|
- Martin, Roger A.. (2003). Delawareans in Congress, the House of Representatives 1789-1900. ISBN 0-924117-26-5.
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
- Conrad, Henry Clay (1908). History of the State of Delaware. 3. Wilmington, Delaware.
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Delaware’s Members of Congress
- William G. Whiteley at Find a Grave
- The Political Graveyard
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Elisha D. Cullen
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Delaware's at-large congressional district
George P. Fisher