SAULSBURY, Willard, Jr. (1861-1927)

SAULSBURY, WILLARD, JR., (son of Willard Saulsbury, Sr., nephew of Eli Saulsbury), a Senator from Delaware; born in Georgetown, Sussex County, Del., April 17, 1861; attended private schools and the University of Virginia at Charlottesville; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1882 and commenced practice in Wilmington, Del.; president of the New Castle Bar Association and chairman of the board of censors; interested in banking and sundry business organizations; member of the Democratic National Committee 1908-1920; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for United States Senator in 1899, 1901, 1903, 1905, 1907, and 1911; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1913 and served from March 4, 1913, to March 3, 1919; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1918; served as President pro tempore of the Senate during the Sixty-fourth and Sixty-fifth Congresses; chairman, Committee on Coast and Insular Survey (Sixty-third through Sixty-fifth Congresses), Committee on Pacific Islands and Puerto Rico (Sixty-fifth Congress); member of the advisory committee of the Conference on Limitation of Armaments in Washington, D.C., 1921-1922; member of the Pan American Conference in Santiago, Chile, in 1923; engaged in the practice of law in Wilmington, Del., and Washington, D.C., until his death in Wilmington, Del., February 20, 1927; interment in Christ Episcopal Churchyard, Dover, Del.

Hagley Museum and Library
Greenville, DE
Papers: Several letters in various collections.

University of Delaware Library
Newark, DE
Papers: 1850-1927. 75,000 items. Legal cases, political newsclippings (1892-1918), addresses, letterpress books, correspondence of Saulsbury, Ponder & Curtis of Wilmington (1902-1913), and some papers of his father, Willard Saulsbury, Sr. Includes letters and telegrams from Woodrow Wilson relating to the work of the Democratic National Committee, party politics, and congressional bills (1912-1918). Finding aid.

  • Franseth, Gregory S., L. Rebecca Johnson Melvin, and Shiela Pardee, "The End of an Era in Delaware: The Practical Politics of Willard Saulsbury, Jr." Collections 11 (2003): 1-27.
  • Saulsbury, Willard. "The Policy of the United States Toward Mexico.'' Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 54 (July 1914): 134-35.