Joshua Hopkins Marvil

Gov. Joshua Hopkins Marvil

Delaware

Term(s)
January 15, 1895 - April 8, 1895

Born
September 3, 1825

Passed
April 8, 1895

Party
Republican

School(s)

Status:
Died in office

Birth State
Delaware

Family:
Married Sarah Ann Sirman; three children

BIO

JOSHUA HOPKINS MARVIL, the ninth governor of Delaware to die in office, was born in Laurel, Delaware, on September 3, 1825. He received a rudimentary education, and worked on his family farm. For several years he worked in the shipbuilding business, and later owned and managed a shop that manufactured farming equipment. Marvil also invented a mechanism that made berry and peach baskets. His business grew and prospered after he supplemented steam power in his factory. Marvil entered politics in 1894, winning his first election, and becoming Delaware’s 40th governor. He was sworn into office on January 15, 1895, and three months later passed away. Governor Joshua H. Marvil died on April 8, 1895, and is buried in the Laurel Hill Cemetery in Laurel, Delaware.

Source

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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