Eli M. Saulsbury, U.S. Senator

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Eli May Saulsbury

Birthplace: Dover, DE, United States
Death: March 22, 1893 (75)
Dover, DE, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Saulsbury and Margaret Saulsbury
Brother of Willard Saulsbury, Sr., U.S. Senator

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About Eli M. Saulsbury, U.S. Senator


Eli May Saulsbury (December 29, 1817 - March 22, 1893) was a lawyer and politician from Dover, in Kent County, Delaware. He was a member of the Democratic Party, who served in the Delaware General Assembly and as U.S. Senator from Delaware.

Early life and family

Saulsbury was born in Mispillion Hundred, Kent County, Delaware, son of William & Margaret Ann Smith Saulsbury. He was the middle brother of Governor Gove Saulsbury and U.S. Senator Willard Saulsbury, Sr. Saulsbury was educated at Dickinson College, studied law, was admitted to the Delaware Bar in 1857, and began his practice in Dover, Delaware, where he lived.

Political career

Saulsbury served one term in the State House, during the 1853/54 session. In 1870 he successfully challenged his younger brother, incumbent U.S. Senator Willard Saulsbury, Sr. for his seat in the U.S. Senate. He went on to win three full terms, but was defeated in an attempt for a fourth term by Republican candidate Anthony Higgins. He was in office from March 4, 1871 until March 3, 1889, and served on the Committee on Privileges and Elections in the 46th Congress, and the Committee on Engrossed Bills in the 47th Congress through the 50th Congress.

Death and legacy

Saulsbury died at Dover and is buried there in the Silver Lake Cemetery.



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Eli M. Saulsbury, U.S. Senator's Timeline

December 29, 1817
Dover, DE, United States
March 22, 1893
Age 75
Dover, DE, United States