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Charles Clark Stockley

Gov. Charles Clark Stockley

  • January 16, 1883 - January 18, 1887
  • Democrat
  • November 6, 1819
  • April 20, 1901
  • Delaware
  • Married Ellen Wright Anderson; one child


CHARLES CLARK STOCKLEY, Delaware’s 37th governor, was born in Georgetown, Delaware, on November 6, 1819. He entered politics in 1852, with an appointment as county treasurer. He also served as Sussex County’s sheriff in 1856, and was elected to one term in 1873 to the Delaware State Senate, serving as president of the senate in 1875. Stockley was elected Governor of Delaware on November 7, 1882, and was sworn into office on January 16, 1883. During his tenure, he advocated for amending the constitution and increasing the number of school superintendents.  A state library was founded, and legislation enacted that disqualified a person from jury duty in capital cases if he or she expressed an opinion during the selection process. Stockley left office on January 18, 1887, and four years later was appointed Sussex County’s register of wills and probate judge. He later served as director of the Junction and Breakwater Railroad. Governor Charles C. Stockley died on April 20, 1901, and is buried at the St. Paul’s Cemetery in Georgetown, Delaware.


Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 1, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

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