1844 Delaware gubernatorial election

The 1844 Delaware gubernatorial election was held on November 5, 1844. Whig Governor William B. Cooper was unable to seek re-election to a second term. Thomas Stockton, the former New Castle County Register in Chancery, ran as the Whig nominee to succeed Cooper. He faced former State Senator William Tharp, the Democratic nominee. Despite the state's strong financial condition, Whigs came close to losing their grip on power; Stockton only defeated Tharp by 45 votes, or 0.37%.[1] However, Stockton died a year into his term, on March 2, 1846, elevating the Speaker of the State Senate, Joseph Maull, to the governorship, and triggering a special election in 1846. Maull, served just two months before he, too died, elevating State House Speaker William Temple to the governorship.

1844 Delaware gubernatorial election

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Nominee Thomas Stockton William Tharp
Party Whig Democratic
Popular vote 6,140 6,095
Percentage 50.18% 49.82%

Governor before election

William B. Cooper
Whig Party (UnitedStates)

Elected Governor

Thomas Stockton

General electionEdit


1844 Delaware gubernatorial election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Whig Thomas Stockton 6,140 50.18% -3.61%
Democratic William Tharp 6,095 49.82% +3.61%
Majority 45 0.37% -7.23%
Turnout 12,235 100.00%
Whig hold


  1. ^ Conrad, Henry C. (1908). History of the State of Delaware: From the Earliest Settlements to the Year 1907. 1. Lancaster, Pa.: Wickersham Company, Printers and Binders. p. 185-86.
  2. ^ Dubin 2003, p. 27.


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