Charles B. Lore

Charles Brown Lore (March 16, 1831 – March 6, 1911) was an American lawyer and politician from Wilmington, in New Castle County, Delaware. He was a member of the Democratic Party, who served as Attorney General of Delaware and U. S. Representative from Delaware.

Charles B. Lore
Charles B. Lore (Delaware Congressman).jpg
From 1880's Industries of Delaware: Historical and Descriptive Review
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Delaware's At-large district
In office
March 4, 1883 – March 4, 1887
Preceded byEdward L. Martin
Succeeded byJohn B. Penington
Attorney General of Delaware
In office
GovernorGove Saulsbury
James Ponder
Preceded byJacob Moore
Succeeded byJohn B. Penington
Personal details
Born(1831-03-16)March 16, 1831
Cantwell's Bridge, Delaware
DiedMarch 6, 1911(1911-03-06) (aged 79)
Wilmington, Delaware
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materDickinson College

Early life and familyEdit

Lore was born in Cantwell's Bridge (now Odessa), Delaware on March 16, 1831.[1] He attended the public schools and Middletown Academy in Middletown, Delaware. He graduated from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in June 1852, then studied law and was admitted to the Delaware Bar in New Castle County, Delaware in 1861.

Professional and political careerEdit

He was clerk of the Delaware House of Representatives in 1857 and during the Civil War served as commissioner of the federal army's draft for New Castle County in 1862.

Lore served as Delaware Attorney General from 1869 to 1874 and was elected as a Democrat to the 48th and 49th Congress, serving from March 4, 1883, to March 3, 1887. He was not a candidate for renomination, and was appointed Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court in 1893. He was reappointed in 1897 for a term of twelve years but retired in 1909. He was also a member of the code commission in 1909 and 1910.

He also served as the inaugural president of the Board of Trustees of then-Delaware College for Colored Students outside of Dover (legislatively renamed in 1893 as the State College for Colored, and which is currently Delaware State University). He would serve board president from the College's beginning in 1891 until about 1909.

Death and legacyEdit

Lore died at his home in Wilmington on March 6, 1911.[2] His remains were cremated and the ashes were deposited there in the Methodist Church Cemetery.

The Charles B. Lore Elementary School at Wilmington, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.[3]


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

Public Offices
Office Type Location Began office Ended office notes
Attorney General Executive Dover 1869 1874 Delaware
U.S. Representative Legislature Washington March 4, 1883 March 3, 1885
U.S. Representative Legislature Washington March 4, 1885 March 3, 1887
Chief Justice Judiciary Dover 1893 1909 Delaware Supreme Court
United States Congressional service
Dates Congress Chamber Majority President Committees Class/District
1883–1885 48th U.S. House Democratic Chester A. Arthur at-large
1885–1887 49th U.S. House Democratic Grover Cleveland at-large
Election results
Year Office Subject Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes %
1882 U.S. Representative Charles B. Lore Democratic 16,563 53% Washington Hastings Republican 14,640 47%
1884 U.S. Representative Charles B. Lore Democratic 17,054 57% Anthony Higgins Republican 12,878 43%


  • Martin, Roger A. (1995). Memoirs of the Senate. Newark, Delaware: Roger A. Martin.
  1. ^ The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography. VII. James T. White & Company. 1897. p. 553. Retrieved March 3, 2021 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "Death Comes in Night to Former Chief Justice Lore". The News Journal. March 6, 1911. p. 1. Retrieved March 3, 2021 – via
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Edward L. Martin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Delaware's at-large congressional district

Succeeded by
John B. Penington