117th Delaware General Assembly

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Governor
J. Caleb Boggs
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117th General Assembly
In office
January 6, 1953 – January 4, 1955
Preceded by 116th Assembly
Succeeded by 118th Assembly

The 117th Delaware General Assembly was a meeting of the legislative branch of the state government, consisting of the Delaware Senate and the Delaware House of Representatives. Elections were held the first Tuesday after November 1 and terms began in Dover on the first Tuesday in January. This date was January 6, 1953, which was two weeks before the beginning of the first administrative year of Governor J. Caleb Boggs and John W. Rollins as Lieutenant Governor.

Currently the distribution of the Senate Assembly seats was made to seven senators for New Castle County and for five senators to each Kent and Sussex counties. Likewise the current distribution of the House Assembly seats was made to fifteen representatives for New Castle County and for ten representatives each to Kent and Sussex counties. The actual population changes of the county did not directly affect the number of senators or representatives at this time.

In the 117th Delaware General Assembly session both chambers had a Republican majority.

Leadership[edit]

Senate[edit]

House of Representatives[edit]

Members[edit]

Senate[edit]

About half of the State Senators were elected every two years for a four-year term. They were from a district in a specific county, with the number of districts determined by the state constitution, not the size of the population.

New Castle County
  • 1. Thomas Peeney
  • 2. John B. Reilly, Sr.
  • 3. Ernest B Benger
  • 4. Wilmer F. Williams
  • 5. George E. Pedrick
  • 6. John R. Butler
  • 7. J. Fred Doby
Kent County
  • 1. Walter A. Hansberry
  • 2. Charles G. Moore
  • 3. Ezekiel C. Barnard
  • 4. Jehu H. Camper
  • 5. John M. Longbotham
Sussex County
  • 1. John W. Burris
  • 2. William O. Covey, Jr.
  • 3. Curtis W. Steen
  • 4. Robert E. Wilgus
  • 5. Thomas L. Johnson

House of Representative[edit]

All the State Representatives were elected every two years for a two-year term. They were from a district in a specific county, with the number of districts determined by the state constitution, not the size of the population.

New Castle County
  • 1. Paul F. Livingston
  • 2. James B. Tucker, Jr.
  • 3. Stephen E. Hamilton
  • 4. Paul E. Shockley
  • 5. Walter J. Scott
  • 6. Frank A. Jones
  • 7. Robert P. Maclary
  • 8. Benjamin E. HIcks
  • 9. Norman E. Battersby
  • 10. James R. Quigley
  • 11. William L. Press
  • 12. William E. Lester
  • 13. Harvey E. Moore
  • 14. John L. Dickinson
  • 15. Thomas C. Rowan
Kent County
  • 1. Ernest V. Blendt
  • 2. George J. Pyott
  • 3. Carlton Davis
  • 4. Roger A. Davis
  • 5. Vera G. Davis
  • 6. S. Tilden Hughes
  • 7. John D. Keller
  • 8. Charles W. Bostick
  • 9. Leon E. Donovan
  • 10. Clarence L. Hudson
Sussex County
  • 1. Walter J. Hoey
  • 2. David C. Speicher
  • 3. Dale E. Wheatley
  • 4. Glen W. Lowe
  • 5. William S. Marvel, III
  • 6. Raymond V. West
  • 7. George W. Mitchell
  • 8. Joseph W. Prettyman
  • 9. Carey D. Sapp
  • 10. James A. Campbell

References[edit]

  • Hoffecker, Carol E. (2004). Democracy in Delaware. Wilmington, Delaware: Cedar Tree Books. ISBN 1-892142-23-6.
  • Martin, Roger A. (1995). Memoirs of the Senate. Newark, Delaware: Roger A. Martin.

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