RESIDENCE OF SIX STATE GOVERNORS
The Delaware Governors that had residence in Lewes were David Hall, Daniel Rodney,
Caleb Rodney, Samuel Paynter, Joseph Maull and Ebe W. Tunnell.
David Hall was born in Lewes, 4 January 1732, was a lawyer in 1773, also a Captain in the
Continental Service in John Haslet's regiment during the Revolution, led his company in the battle of Long Island and White Plains. In 1777 he was commissioned a colonel and his regiment was part of
the famous Delaware Line. During the Battle of Germantown he was seriously wounded and unable
to do further service, returned to Lewes to paractice law. At age 50 he took the position of the 15th Governor, served the full term, retiring in January 1803. In 1813 he became a judge of the Court of Common Pleas for Sussex county, serving until he died September 18, 1817 and was buried in the Lewes Presbyterian Church Yard.
Daniel Rodney, the 19th Delaware Governor was born in Lewes, September 10, 1764,
and was engaged in coastal trade util after the War of 1812 when he settled in his native hometown,
married the daughter of Major Hemry Fisher and beame a merchant . He was a judge for the court of common Pleas for three years after 1817, twice was elected to Congress and for a short time was U. S. Senator. He was elected Governor in the fall of 1813. Rodney died September 2 1848 and is buried in
the Episcopal Cemetery at Lewes.
Caleb Rodney, Daniels brother, was born in Lewes, April 29, 1767, and remained a resident his whole life, then upon the death of Governor John Collins in April of 1822, became Governor, as Speaker of the House, until the next January. As a young man he was in the mercantile business as a wholesale and retail merchant. He als served several terms in Delaware's Geeral Assembly. He died
in Lewes, April 29 1840, at the age of 73, and is buried in the Episcopal Cemetery at Lewes.
Samuel Paynter, the 26th govenor, took office January 1824. He was born in and a resident of
Drawbridge, in Broadkiln Hundred where he was a merchant. He too, was a judge for the Court of Common Pleas in 1818. Twenty years after his term of governor he was, at age 76, a Representative of the State of Delaware. Paynter died in 2 October 1845 and was buried in the Episcopal Church Yard
On the death of Governor Thomas Stockton, Joseph Maull, speaker of the Senate assumed
the duties of the office and became the 34th governor of Delaware. After occupying the office for six weeks he too took ill and died May 3, 1846. He had been born in Pilot Town on September 6, 1781,
and studied medicine under Dr. Wolfe a well known practicioner of the day. For many years he was
a physician in Milton and Broadkiln Hundred. He was frequently called upon to serve the State as a member of the General Assembly.
Ebe Tunnell, the 50th Governor of Delaware in 1896, was born in Blackwater, Baltimore
Hundred, December 31 1844 where he lived got many years as a merchant. In 1873 he mvoed to Lewes to join his brother in law in the drug business. He as a member of the State House of
Representatives , elected in 1870. He served a term as Clerk of the Peace for Sussex county and
was a leading and influential Democrat and was their nominee for governer in 1894 but was defeated
by a Republican, Joshua Marvil. Two years later he was renominated and was elected.
Abstract: August 31, 2017. Source of May 7, 1932, Wilmington New Journal. Harrison H.