Governors of Delaware

How Many Governors Has the State of Delaware Had?

The state of Delaware is one of the oldest states in the United States. In fact, it was one of the original 13 colonies founded by British settlers in what later became the US. As you might expect, Delaware was also one of the original 13 states after the US declared independence from the British. The state of Delaware has had 71 governors in total since it achieved statehood in 1787. Delaware did have a few governors before it became a state.

Full List of Delaware Governors

As one of the earliest states, Delaware has had many more governors than quite a few other states. One thing to note is that Delaware also has not had the same person serve as the governor on separate occasions very often. You should also know that the last four Delaware governors in a row have all been Democrats. The current governor of Delaware is John Carney. Keep reading for a full list of every governor in Delaware's history.

Name Term Start Term End Party
John McKinlyFeb 12, 1777Sep 12, 1777No parties
Thomas McKeanSep 22, 1777Oct 20, 1777Speaker of the Assembly acting as Vice-President
George ReadOct 20, 1777Mar 31, 1778Speaker of the Legislative Council serving as Vice-President
Caesar RodneyMar 31, 1778Nov 6, 17811778
John DickinsonNov 13, 1781Jan 12, 17831781
John CookNov 4, 1782Feb 1, 1783Speaker of the Legislative Council serving as Vice-President
Nicholas Van DykeFeb 1, 1783Oct 28, 17861783 (special)
Thomas CollinsOct 28, 1786Mar 29, 17891786
Jehu DavisMar 29, 1789Jun 2, 1789Speaker of the Legislative Council serving as Vice-President
Joshua ClaytonJun 2, 1789Jan 19, 1796Federalist
Gunning Bedford Sr.Jan 19, 1796Sep 30, 1797Federalist
Daniel RogersSep 30, 1797Jan 9, 1799Federalist
Richard BassettJan 9, 1799Mar 3, 1801Federalist
James SykesMar 3, 1801Jan 19, 1802Federalist
David HallJan 19, 1802Jan 15, 1805Democratic-Republican
Nathaniel MitchellJan 15, 1805Jan 19, 1808Federalist
George TruittJan 19, 1808Jan 15, 1811Federalist
Joseph HasletJan 15, 1811Jan 18, 1814Democratic-Republican
Daniel RodneyJan 18, 1814Jan 21, 1817Federalist
John ClarkJan 21, 1817Jan 18, 1820Federalist
Jacob StoutJan 18, 1820Jan 16, 1821Federalist
John CollinsJan 16, 1821Apr 16, 1822Democratic-Republican
Caleb RodneyApr 23, 1822Jan 21, 1823Federalist
Joseph HasletJan 21, 1823Jun 20, 1823Democratic-Republican
Charles ThomasJun 23, 1823Jan 20, 1824Democratic-Republican
Samuel PaynterJan 20, 1824Jan 16, 1827Federalist
Charles Polk Jr.Jan 16, 1827Jan 19, 1830Federalist
David HazzardJan 19, 1830Jan 15, 1833National Republican
Caleb P. BennettJan 15, 1833May 9, 1836Democratic
Charles Polk Jr.May 9, 1836Jan 17, 1837Whig
Cornelius P. ComegysJan 17, 1837Jan 19, 1841Whig
William B. CooperJan 19, 1841Jan 21, 1845Whig
Thomas StocktonJan 21, 1845Mar 2, 1846Whig
Joseph MaullMar 2, 1846May 3, 1846Whig
William TempleMay 6, 1846Jan 19, 1847Whig
William TharpJan 19, 1847Jan 21, 1851Democratic
William H. H. RossJan 21, 1851Jan 16, 1855Democratic
Peter F. CauseyJan 16, 1855Jan 18, 1859American
William BurtonJan 18, 1859Jan 20, 1863Democratic
William CannonJan 20, 1863Mar 1, 1865Republican
Gove SaulsburyMar 1, 1865Jan 17, 1871Democratic
James PonderJan 17, 1871Jan 19, 1875Democratic
John P. CochranJan 19, 1875Jan 21, 1879Democratic
John W. HallJan 21, 1879Jan 16, 1883Democratic
Charles C. StockleyJan 16, 1883Jan 18, 1887Democratic
Benjamin T. BiggsJan 18, 1887Jan 20, 1891Democratic
Robert J. ReynoldsJan 20, 1891Jan 15, 1895Democratic
Joshua H. MarvilJan 15, 1895Apr 8, 1895Republican
William T. WatsonApr 8, 1895Jan 19, 1897Democratic
Ebe W. TunnellJan 19, 1897Jan 15, 1901Democratic
John HunnJan 15, 1901Jan 17, 1905Republican
Preston LeaJan 17, 1905Jan 19, 1909Republican
Simeon S. PennewillJan 19, 1909Jan 21, 1913Republican
Charles R. MillerJan 21, 1913Jan 16, 1917Republican
John G. Townsend Jr.Jan 16, 1917Jan 18, 1921Republican
William D. DenneyJan 18, 1921Jan 20, 1925Republican
Robert P. RobinsonJan 20, 1925Jan 15, 1929Republican
C. Douglass BuckJan 15, 1929Jan 19, 1937Republican
Richard McMullenJan 19, 1937Jan 21, 1941Democratic
Walter W. BaconJan 21, 1941Jan 18, 1949Republican
Elbert N. CarvelJan 18, 1949Jan 20, 1953Democratic
J. Caleb BoggsJan 20, 1953Dec 30, 1960Republican
David P. BucksonDec 30, 1960Jan 17, 1961Republican
Elbert N. CarvelJan 17, 1961Jan 19, 1965Democratic
Charles L. Terry Jr.Jan 19, 1965Jan 21, 1969Democratic
Russell W. PetersonJan 21, 1969Jan 16, 1973Republican
Sherman W. TribbittJan 16, 1973Jan 18, 1977Democratic
Pete du PontJan 18, 1977Jan 15, 1985Republican
Mike CastleJan 15, 1985Dec 31, 1992Republican
Dale E. WolfDec 31, 1992Jan 19, 1993Republican
Tom CarperJan 19, 1993Jan 3, 2001Democratic
Ruth Ann MinnerJan 3, 2001Jan 20, 2009Democratic
Jack MarkellJan 20, 2009Jan 17, 2017Democratic
John CarneyJan 17, 2017-Democratic