Arsht, Roxana b. 1915 d. October 3, 2003 Judge Roxana Cannon Arsht was the first female judge in the history of Delaware. She made history when she was appointed by Governor Russell W. Peterson as a judge of the Family Court in 1971. At the age of 56, she was the first woman to hold a judicial position in Delaware. She retired from the bench in 1983 at which time she began a new career as a philanthropist. She was a founding member of the Cancer Care Connection and contributed to the development of the Academy of Lifelong Learning of...[Read More] (Bio by: Graveguy) Jewish Community Cemetery, Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Ball, Lewis Heisler b. September 21, 1861 d. October 18, 1933 Served as Treasurer of the State of Delaware from 1899 to 1901. Elected to one term as the U.S. Congressman from Delaware and served March 4, 1901 to March 3, 1903. Elected to represent Delaware as a United States Senator to fill an unexpired term and served from March 4, 1903, to March 3, 1905. Elected to represent Delaware again to one term as a United States Senator and served from March 4, 1919 to March 3, 1925. (Bio by: Russ Pickett) Saint James Episcopal Church Cemetery, Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Bassett, Richard b. April 2, 1745 d. September 15, 1815 US Senator, Governor of Delaware, Signer of the US Constitution. Under his leadership he persuaded the Delaware legislature to ratify the new US Constitution giving it the distinction of being the first state to do so. Although born in nearby Maryland, he spent most of his life in public service in Delaware. He was abandoned by his father as a child but his mother's relatives helped support, educate and mold the bright boy into a responsible citizen. In 1770 he moved to Dover, Delaware, where...[Read More] (Bio by: Bigwoo) Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery, Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Bayard Sr., James Asheton b. July 28, 1767 d. August 6, 1815 US Congressman, US Senator. Elected to represent Delaware as an At-Large Delegate to the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1797 to 1803. Appointed by the Delaware General Assembly as a Senator to the United States Senate to fill a vacancy and served from 1804 to 1805, when he was elected outright for the seat. Served from 1805 to 1813. After leaving the Senate he was appointed by President James Madison as a member of the commission to negotiate peace with Great Britain in...[Read More] (Bio by: Russ Pickett) Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery, Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Bayard, Richard Henry b. September 26, 1796 d. March 4, 1868 U.S. Senator. Son of U.S. Senator James Asheton Bayard, Sr., brother of U.S. Senator James Asheton Bayard, Jr., and Grandson of Delaware Governor Richard Bassett. Was elected as the first Mayor of Wilmington, Delaware in 1832. Elected to represent Delaware in the U.S. Senate and served from June 17, 1836 to September 19, 1839. Then became the Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court and served from 1839 to 1841. Elected a second time to the U. S. Senate and served from January 12, 1841 to...[Read More] (Bio by: Russ Pickett) Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery, Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA Plot: In the tomb of his father, James Asheton Bayard, Sr.
Bayard Sr., Thomas Francis b. October 29, 1828 d. September 28, 1898 US Senator, Presidential Cabinet Secretary, US Diplomat. Elected as a Senator from Delaware to the United States Senate, serving from 1869 to 1885. Appointed as United States Secretary of State in the Cleveland Adminstration, serving from 1885 to 1889. Appointed United States Ambassador to Great Britain, serving from 1893 to 1897. Old Swedes Churchyard, Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Bayard Jr., Thomas Francis b. June 4, 1868 d. July 12, 1942 US Senator. A member of the Democratic Party, he served in the US Senate representing Delaware from November 1922 until March 1929. His father was Thomas Francis Bayard, Sr., who also represented the state of Delaware in the US Senate. After graduating from Yale University at New Haven, Connecticut in 1890, he attended Yale Law School and in 1893 was admitted to the Delaware Bar. He then worked in New York City, New York for four years as an assistant corporation counsel, before returning to...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Old Swedes Churchyard, Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Bedford Sr., Gunning b. April 7, 1742 d. September 30, 1797 Served as Delaware's 12th Governor from January 19, 1796 to September 28, 1797. He became Delaware's 2nd Governor to die while still in that office. Served as a Lieutenant Colonel during the Revolutionary War, being wounded during the battle of White Plains, New York. Also served in the Delaware General Assembly from 1784 to 1786. (Bio by: Russ Pickett) Immanuel Episcopal Churchyard, New Castle, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Bedford Jr., Gunning b. April 13, 1747 d. March 30, 1812 Signer of US Constitution. He was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania the fifth of seven children. In 1771 he graduated from what is today known as Princeton University and eight years later began practicing law, after being accepted to the Delaware bar. Following the Revolutionary War he became a leader in the framing of the young nation's new constitution. He served in the Continental Congress from 1783 to 1785 and was Delaware's State Attorney General from 1784 to 1789. At the...[Read More] (Bio by: Bigwoo) Masonic Home Cemetery, Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Bennett, Caleb Prew b. November 11, 1758 d. May 9, 1836 Governor of Delaware and Soldier. He was the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Prew Wiley Bennett who moved to Delaware when he was three years old. He was the grandnephew of Daniel Boone. In 1775 he enlisted as a 17 year old in the Continental Army and during the Revolutionary War saw action at the battles of Valley Forge, Staten Island, Brandywine, Germantown, Monmouth, Camden, and the siege of Yorktown. He advanced to the rank of lieutenant and was wounded three times. After the 1st Delaware...[Read More] (Bio by: Tom Todd) Friends Meeting House Burial Ground, Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Bissell, Emily Perkins b. May 31, 1861 d. March 8, 1948 Social Reformer. Best known for her social work and public health activism, she introduced the first Christmas Seals to fight tuberculosis. She opened Delaware's first public kindergarten and was active in efforts to introduce child labor laws in Delaware. At the request of her cousin, Doctor John Wales, who operated an open-air tuberculosis sanatorium in Wilmington, she attempted a fund-raising campaign to fight tuberculosis. She designed a postage-sized stamp to be sold for a penny and be...[Read More] (Bio by: Garver Graver) Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery, Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Bootes, LTC. Levi Clark b. December 8, 1809 d. April 18, 1896 Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. He served thirty eight years in the United States Regular Army, and distinguished himself during the Civil War. He was in command of the 6th United States Regular Infantry during the July 1863 Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and his name is inscribed on the regiments monument on Ayres Avenue in the Gettysburg National Military Park. Late in the war he was brevetted Brigadier General, US Regular Army for "gallant and meritorious services during the...[Read More] Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery, Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA Plot: Section 17, Lot 5
Brown Sr., Clifford 'Brownie' b. October 30, 1930 d. June 26, 1956 Jazz trumpeter and composer. Best known for the jazz standard "Joy Spring" (1954) one of the best known songs that he wrote. Often referred to as the most brilliant trumpet player of his generation, an original and memorable composer, a dynamic stage presence and one of the authentic legends of modern jazz. Noted for lyricism, clarity of sound, and grace of technique. He was a principal figure in the hard-bop idiom. He died at age 25, leaving behind only four years' worth of recordings...[Read More] (Bio by: Curtis Jackson) Mount Zion Cemetery, Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA Plot: Just inside gate to the right.
Bruton, William Havon 'Bill' b. November 9, 1925 d. December 5, 1995 Major League Baseball Player. As starting center fielder with the Milwaukee Braves in 1953, he hit a home run in his first major league game. A speedy runner, he led the National League in stolen bases for three consecutive seasons (1953 to 1955), twice in triples 1956, 1960 and once in runs 1960. He played with the Braves from 1953 to 1960 and with the Detroit Tigers from 1961 to 1964. In a 12-year career, he played in 1,610 games, posted a .273 batting average with 94 home runs and 545 runs...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Buck Sr., Clayton Douglass b. March 21, 1890 d. January 27, 1965 Clayton Douglass Buck first worked as an engineer in Delaware. He was a veteran of World War I. A Republican, he was elected governor of Delaware and served from 1929 - 1937. He was elected US Senator and served from 1942 - 1948. He was appointed Delaware State Tax Commissioner in 1953 and served until 1957 when he retired from public service. He died in 1965. The tombstone says that he was born and died at "Buena Vista." This was the family estate near New Castle Delaware. Immanuel Episcopal Churchyard, New Castle, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Carpenter II., Robert 'Bob' b. August 31, 1915 d. July 8, 1990 Sports Team Owner. From 1943 until 1972, he was the proprietor of the Philadelphia Phillies. Born Robert Ruliph Morgan Carpenter, II, into the wealthy Du Pont family, (on his mother's side), who founded one of the largest chemical companies in the world after settling in Delaware. He had played collegiate football at Duke University and following his family's purchasing of the Phillies, Bob assumed the position as team president after his service with the Unites States Army during World War II...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Du Pont de Nemours Cemetery, Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA