Contributed by Harrison
Description: Former Governor Gove Saulsbury Dies at Age 66.
Date: July 31 1881
Newspaper published in: Georgetown
Source: Roger Martin Collection
Page/Column: This Week in Delaware History 1881
Dover, Delaware, July 31, 1881 :
Former Governor Gove Saulsbury, the man about whom some said "never apologized, compromised nor surrendered, unless, of course, it was in his interest, died in Dover at age 66. He is buried in Old Methodist Whatcoat Cemetery in Dover.
He was known as the sylest, cunningest and most natural born politician the State of Delaware ever had.
He was born in Kent county's Mispillion Hundred to William and Margaret Ann Smith Saulsbury, descendants of a Welsh family. The spelling of the name was changed during the Revolution from Salisbury to Saulsbury because of the families loyalist sympathies.
He attended Delaware Collage in Newark and was graduated from Pennsylvania Medical School and was a physician. He married Rosina Jame Smith and had five children,Margaret, Olivia, Rosa, Gove and William. Although the famly were staubch Episcopalians, his family became Methodist. He was Democrat and had full control of the Delaware Democratic Party while he lived and had a medical practice in Dover.