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Milton in Sussex County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Governor James Ponder

 
 
Governor James Ponder Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 12, 2010
1. Governor James Ponder Marker
Inscription. A lifelong resident of this community, James Ponder was born October 31, 1819, the son of John and Hester Milby Ponder. His father was a successful merchant who was active in local political affairs. After receiving his education in the academies of Milton, Lewes, and Georgetown, James joined his father in business. In addition to general merchandising, the firm was active in the shipping of grain and lumber, and the construction, purchase, and sale of ships. James Ponder was elected to the State House of Representatives in 1856. He was elected to the State Senate in 1864, and served as Speaker in 1867. In 1870 he was the Democrat Party's successful candidate for Governor. After completing his term in 1875 he continued his business endeavors, bringing one of the first canneries to the area in 1881 and playing a key role in the construction of the Queen Anne's Railroad. He was President of the Kent County Mutual Insurance Company and Director of the Farmer's Bank of Delaware. He served as warden of St. John the Baptist Protestant Episcopal Church and was an active member of the Masonic order. James Ponder passed away on November 5, 1897, and was laid to rest in Milton's Goshen Cemetery.
 
Erected 2005 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number SC-198.)
 
Location.
Governor James Ponder , Collection of the Delaware State Museums. image. Click for full size.
Delaware Department of State, Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs
2. Governor James Ponder , Collection of the Delaware State Museums.
38° 46.594′ N, 75° 18.691′ W. Marker is in Milton, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker is on Coulter Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Located at Governor's Walk Park, between Federal Street (State Route 5) and Mulberry Street. 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 Joseph Maull Carey (within shouting distance of this marker); St. John The Baptist Episcopal Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Goshen Cemetery (about 500 feet away); Governor Joseph Maull (about 500 feet away); Governor Samuel Paynter (about 600 feet away); Milton Fire Department, Inc. (about 600 feet away); Milton Public Library (about 700 feet away); Governor David Hazzard (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Milton.
 
Regarding Governor James Ponder. During his tenure, legislation was enacted that gave married women additional legal rights, and hotelkeepers were granted the sole license to sell liquor. A law was constituted that banned non-citizens from fishing in the state.
 
Also see . . .  James Ponder , Wikipedia entry. The election of 1870 was the first opportunity for African-Americans to vote in Delaware
Governor James Ponder Marker seen in Governor's Walk Park image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 12, 2010
3. Governor James Ponder Marker seen in Governor's Walk Park
Mulberry Street seen in background when looking west
elections,... (Submitted on November 8, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
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Governor James Ponder Marker, looking east along Governor's Walk (Park) image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 12, 2010
4. Governor James Ponder Marker, looking east along Governor's Walk (Park)
Governor's Walk Tribute, Governor James Ponder , upper right image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 12, 2010
5. Governor's Walk Tribute, Governor James Ponder , upper right
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 was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 8, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 468 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 9, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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