George B. Rodney

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George Brydges Rodney

Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Son of Daniel Rodney, Governor, U.S. Senator and Sarah Rodney
Husband of Mary Jane Rodney
Brother of John Rodney

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About George B. Rodney

George Brydges Rodney (April 2, 1803 – June 18, 1883) was an American lawyer and politician from New Castle, in New Castle County, Delaware. He was a member of the Whig Party, who served as United States Representative from Delaware.

Early life and family

See also: Rodney family of Delaware

Rodney was born April 2, 1803 in Lewes, Delaware, son of Governor Daniel Rodney and Sarah Fisher. He graduated from Princeton College in 1820, studied law and was admitted to the Delaware Bar in 1828, and began practice in New Castle County, Delaware.

Political career

Rodney served as Register in Chancery and Clerk of the Orphans’ Court of Sussex County from 1826 until 1830. He was elected as a Whig and served four years representing Delaware in the U.S. House of Representatives during the 27th and 28th Congress from March 4, 1841 until March 3, 1845, during the administrations of U.S. Presidents William Henry Harrison and John Tyler. Following his retirement he resumed the practice of law and served as a delegate to the peace convention held in Washington, D.C., in 1861 in an effort to prevent the impending Civil War.

Death and legacy

Rodney died at New Castle and is buried there in the Immanuel Episcopal Church Cemetery.


Elections are held the first Tuesday after November 1. U.S. Representatives took office March 4 and have a two year term.

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