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1st Delaware General Assembly

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Succeeded by  2nd Assembly
1st Delaware General Assembly

The 1st Delaware General Assembly was a meeting of the legislative branch of the state government, consisting of the Delaware Legislative Council and the Delaware House of Assembly. Elections were held the first day of October and terms began on the twentieth day of October. It met in the town of New Castle, Delaware, convening October 20, 1776, and was the administration of President John McKinly, effective on February 12, 1777. McKinly was captured by the British on September 22, 1777, and Thomas McKean replaced him until October 20, 1777.


The apportionment of seats was permanently assigned to three councilors and seven assemblymen for each of the three counties. Population of the county did not affect the number of delegates.

Legislative Council

  • George Read, New Castle County
  • House of Assembly

  • John McKinly, New Castle County
  • Legislative Council

    Councilors were elected by the public for a three-year term, one third posted each year.

    House of Assembly

    Assemblymen were elected by the public for a one-year term. There were only seven representatives so two or three unidentified persons are unidentified of others.

    Places with more information

  • Delaware Historical Society; website; 505 North Market Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19801; (302) 655-7161
  • University of Delaware; Library website; 181 South College Avenue, Newark, Delaware 19717; (302) 831-2965
  • References

    1st Delaware General Assembly Wikipedia

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