Some of the prominent citizens of Delaware who have made noteworthy contributions to the history of the state are as follows:
Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was originally born in Pennsylvania but later shifted to the state of Delaware. He is also known as Joe Biden.
He was born on the 20th of November in 1942, in Scranton which is in the state of Pennsylvania. He recently became the 47th Vice President of the United States of America.
Joe Biden is the only Delawarean to hold the post of the Vice President. Initially, he was an attorney in 1969. Later in the year of 1972, he became the senator in the United States of America senate.
In the 2008 elections of USA, Barrack Obama chose Joe Biden, from the Democratic Party, to be the nominee for the post of Vice President. It is for this reason, amongst others, that he is considered as one of the most prominent citizens of Delaware.
He has been working thoroughly to deal with the stimulus package endorsed by President Obama which is aimed at stopping the American recession. In his career, he worked around issues ranging from violence against women, prevention of crime, protection of civil liberties and drug related policies. This is also why he is known as one of the most Prominent Citizens of Delaware.
John Garvin Weir famously known as ‘Johnny’ was born on the 2nd of July in 1984 in the state of Pennsylvania. His family shifted to the state of Delaware when he was 12 years old because of his interest in Figure Skating. What prompted them to shift was the fact that the state of Delaware, especially Newark, had the best coaches and ice rinks for practicing and mastering figure skating.
John Garvin Weir won the World Junior Championship in the year 2001. Apart from winning the Bronze Medal in the 2008 World Championship, he has also been the National Champion for 3 consecutive years from 2004 to 2006. He was also the Bronze medal winner at the Grand Prix Final twice. His achievements make him one of the prominent citizens of Delaware.
Herta Ware was best known as a political activist; however, her primary profession was acting. She was born in the year of 1917 on the 9th of June in Wilmington. Herta’s father was also a well known actor and her mother was involved in music. She acted in many plays throughout her illustrious career.
She debuted in Broadway with her first play "Let Freedom Ring" along with Will Geer. They both tied the knot in the year 1934 and together they acted in various plays such as Bury the Dead, Prelude and Journeyman. She is famously remembered for her role in the movie Cocoon where she played the part of the ailing wife of Jack Gilford.
Later, in the 1940’s they were both involved in working towards social and labor problems in United States of America. Together they bore three kids and one of them, Ellen Geer, went on to become a well known actress. Herta at the age of 88 passed away on August 15th, 2005.
The famous Jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown was born and raised in Wilmington. He was born in the year of 1930, on the 30th of October. He studied in the University of Delaware and later on went on to join Maryland State College.
‘Brownie’ as he was famously called, started playing Jazz music professionally after completing his studies. In a short span of 4 years, he became one of the most prominent trumpeters in genre of Jazz. He is regarded as one of the most prominent citizens of Delaware for his enormous contribution to Jazz music.
He tragically passed away in a car crash at the young age of 25. To honor and to remember the contributions of Clifford Brown, the people of Delaware organize a Jazz music concert every year. It has been named after him, The Clifford Brown Jazz Festival.
|Name||Born / Died||Place|
|James Asheton Bayard, Jr. Lawyer, Politician||Born:||November 15, 1799||Wilmington|
|Died:||June 13, 1880||Wilmington|
|Valerie Anne Bertinelli Actress||Born:||April 23, 1960||Wilmington|
|Robert Montgomery Bird Writer, Physician||Born:||February 5, 1805||New Castle|
|Died:||January 23, 1854||Philadelphia, Penn.|
|Jacob Broom Farmer, Surveyor, Businessman, Signer: U.S. Constitution||Born:||October 17, 1752||Wilmington|
|Henry Seidel Canby
Educator, Editor, Literary critic
|Born:||September 6, 1878||Wilmington|
|Died:||April 5, 1961||Ossining, N.Y.|
|Annie Jump Cannon Astronomer||Born:||December 11, 1863||Dover|
|Died:||April 13, 1941||Cambridge, Mass.|
|John Middleton Clayton Politician, Statesman||Born:||July 24, 1796||Dagsboro|
|Died:||November 9, 1856||Dover|
|Henry Algernon du Pont Soldier, Politician||Born:||July 30, 1838||Wilmington|
|Died:||December 31, 1926||Winterthur|
|Alfred Irénée du Pont Businessman||Born:||1864|
|Died:||April 29, 1935||Jacksonville, Fla.|
|Pierre Samuel du Pont
|Died:||April 5, 1954||Wilmington|
|Henry J. Heimlich Physician||Born:||February 3, 1920||Wilmington|
|Commodore Jacob Jones Naval officer||Born:||March 1768||Smyrna|
|Died:||August 3, 1850||Philadelphia, Penn.|
|William Julius "Judy" Johnson Baseball player||Born:||October 26, 1899||Snow Hill|
|Died:||June 13, 1989||Wilmington|
|Thomas MacDonough Naval officer||Born:||December 21, 1783||The Trap|
|Died:||November 10, 1825||At sea, en route from the Mediterranean to New York City|
|John Phillips Marquand Author||Born:||November 10, 1893||Wilmington|
|Died:||July 16, 1960||Newburyport, Mass.|
Teacher, Illustrator, Writer
|Born:||March 5, 1853||Wilmington|
|Died:||November 9.1911||Florence, Italy|
|Theresa Elizabeth "Teri" Polo
|Born:||June 1, 1969||Dover|
|Caesar Rodney Lawyer, Politician, Signer: Declaration of Independence||Born:||October 7, 1728||Kent County|
|Died:||June 25, 1784||Kent County|
|Elisabeth Shue Actress||Born:||October 6, 1963||Wilmington|
|Nicholas Van Dyke
Lawyer, Politician, Signer: Articles of Confederation
|Born:||September 25, 1738||New Castle County|
|Died:||February 19, 1789||New Castle County|