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Governor Samuel Paynter

 
 
Governor Samuel Paynter Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 12, 2010
1. Governor Samuel Paynter Marker
Inscription. A native and lifelong resident of this area, Samuel Paynter was born at Drawbridge on the Broadkill River on August 24, 1768. He was a successful merchant, farmer, and mill-owner, whose prosperity was closely linked to the commerce of the river. Widely respected and known for his outstanding character, he was a member of the Delaware House of Representatives and Associate Justice of the Court of Common Pleas. He was elected Governor of the State of Delaware in 1823, defeating Milton resident David Hazzard by 300 votes. A Federalist, Paynter was one of the last members of that party to serve as a state governor. A strong proponent of education, he was also an active supporter of industrial expansion and internal improvements. The construction of the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal was begun during his term, and efforts to erect a breakwater to protect the harbor at Lewes were increased. After leaving office in 1827, Paynter devoted much of his time and talents to his various commercial enterprises. Following his death on October 2, 1845, his remains were interred at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Lewes.
 
Erected 2002 by The Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number SC-162.)
 
Location. 38° 46.695′ N, 75° 18.706′ 
Governor Samuel Paynter image. Click for full size.
Official State Portrait artist: Ellen L. B. Wendell (attributed), circa 1898
2. Governor Samuel Paynter
W. Marker is in Milton, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker is on Magnolia Street near Union Street (Delaware Route 5), on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Milton DE 19968, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Governor David Hazzard (within shouting distance of this marker); Governor Joseph Maull (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Milton Public Library (about 300 feet away); Milton Museum (about 300 feet away); Ships and Men (about 400 feet away); Shipbuilding on the Broadkill (about 500 feet away); The Holly Industry (about 600 feet away); Governor James Ponder (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Milton.
 
Also see . . .  Samuel Paynter. Paynter died at Drawbridge in Broadkill Hundred, Sussex County, and is buried in the St. Peter's Episcopal Churchyard at Lewes. His son, Samuel R. Paynter, also served in the Delaware General Assembly. (Submitted on November 5, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
Governor Samuel Paynter Marker, as seen looking east along Magnolia Street image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 12, 2010
3. Governor Samuel Paynter Marker, as seen looking east along Magnolia Street
Governor Samuel Paynter Marker, seen along Governor's Walk, Broadkill River, in Milton image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 12, 2010
4. Governor Samuel Paynter Marker, seen along Governor's Walk, Broadkill River, in Milton
Governor Samuel Paynter (upper left) as mentioned on Governor's Walk Tribute, in Milton image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 12, 2010
5. Governor Samuel Paynter (upper left) as mentioned on Governor's Walk Tribute, in Milton
Governor's Walk
This ribbon of green connects Wagamans Pond and Milton Memorial Park. The five Milton men who became leaders of state.
Samuel Paynter       Joseph Maull        James Ponder
  1768-1845                 1781-1846                1819-1897
Gov. Of Delaware  Gov. Of Delaware   Gov. Of Delaware
David Hazzard           Joseph Carey
   1781-1864                  1845-1924
Gov. Of Delaware    Gov. Of Wyoming
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 464 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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