John J. Milligan

Is your surname Milligan?

Research the Milligan family

John J. Milligan's Geni Profile

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!


John Jones Milligan

Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Cecil County, Maryland, United States
Death: April 20, 1875 (79)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Milligan and Sarah Cantwell Milligan
Husband of Martha Mary Ann Milligan
Father of George Baldwin Milligan; Martha Elizabeth Milligan; Robert Milligan; Mary Levy Milligan and Katherine Blight

Managed by: Kevin Lawrence Hanit
Last Updated:

About John J. Milligan

John Jones Milligan (December 10, 1795 – April 20, 1875) was an American lawyer and politician from Wilmington, in New Castle County, Delaware. He was a member of the Whig Party, who served as United States Representative from Delaware.

Political career

Milligan served eight years representing Delaware in the U.S. House of Representatives. Elected as an Anti-Jacksonian in 1830, he became a member of the Whig Party when it was organized and served from March 4, 1831 until March 3, 1839. Having been defeated for reelection to a fifth term, he was appointed Associate Judge of the Delaware Superior Court on September 19, 1839 and served until September 16, 1864, when he retired.

Death and legacy

Milligan died at his retirement home in Philadelphia and is buried in the Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery at Wilmington.

Milligan is described in the Diaries of Edmund Canby as follows: "...(he) a beautiful speaker, his manner is fine, gestures good, matter well arranged, distinct and clear- certainly one of the most delightful speakers I have ever heard...Milligan would be a splendid speaker with practice...he has many happy hits and some beautiful classical illusions...He is, I am told, a fine classical scholar."


Elections were held the first Tuesday of October and, beginning 1832, the first Tuesday after November 1. U.S. Representatives took office March 4 and have a two-year term.

view all

John J. Milligan's Timeline

December 10, 1795
Cecil County, Maryland, United States
August 13, 1825
Age 29
April 20, 1875
Age 79
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, USA