WHITELEY, William Gustavus (1819-1886)

WHITELEY, WILLIAM GUSTAVUS, a Representative from Delaware; born near Newark, Del., August 7, 1819; attended Bullock's School at Wilmington, Del., and was graduated from Princeton College in 1838; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1841 and began practice in Wilmington, Del.; prothonotary of New Castle County 1852-1856; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1857-March 3, 1861); chairman, Committee on Agriculture (Thirty-fifth Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1860; again prothonotary of New Castle County 1862-1867; mayor of Wilmington, Del., 1875-1878; member of commission to settle fishery disputes between New Jersey and Delaware in 1877; census enumerator for Delaware in 1880; associate judge of the superior court of Delaware from March 31, 1884, until his death in Wilmington, Del., April 23, 1886; interment in Bridgeton Cemetery, Bridgeton, N.J.

  • Whiteley, William Gustavus. The Revolutionary soldiers of Delaware. A paper read by William G. Whiteley, Esq., before the two houses of the Delaware Legislature, February 15th, 1875. Printed by order of the legislature. Wilmington, Del.: James & Webb, printers, 1875.
  • ------. The Revolutionary soldiers of Delaware. By Hon. William G. Whiteley. Read before the Historical Society of Delaware, February 11, 1875, and also before the General Assembly of Delaware, February 15, 1875. Wilmington: The Historical Society of Delaware, 1896.