Willard Hall

Willard Hall (December 24, 1780 – May 10, 1875), was a Delaware attorney and politician from Wilmington in New Castle County. He was a member of the Democratic-Republican Party, who served in the Delaware Senate, as a United States representative from Delaware and as a United States district judge of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. He served as the first President of the Delaware Historical Society, was President of the state Bible society, and was instrumental in the formation of the Wilmington Savings Fund Society as a community bank, serving as its President for more than 40 years.

Willard Hall
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware
In office
May 6, 1823 – December 6, 1871
Appointed byJames Monroe
Preceded byJohn Fisher
Succeeded byEdward Green Bradford
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Delaware's at-large district
In office
March 4, 1817 – January 22, 1821
Preceded byThomas Cooper
Succeeded byCaesar Augustus Rodney
Personal details
Willard Hall

(1780-12-24)December 24, 1780
Westford, Massachusetts, US
DiedMay 10, 1875(1875-05-10) (aged 94)
Wilmington, Delaware, US
Resting placeWilmington & Brandywine Cemetery, Wilmington, Delaware
Political partyDemocratic-Republican
EducationHarvard University
read law

Education and careerEdit

Born on December 24, 1780, in Westford, Massachusetts,[1] Hall attended the public schools and Westford Academy.[2] He graduated from Harvard University in 1799 and read law in 1803.[1] He was admitted to the bar and entered private practice in Dover, Delaware from 1803 to 1823.[1] He was Secretary of State of Delaware from 1811 to 1814, and from 1821 to 1823.[1]

Congressional serviceEdit

Hall was elected as a Democratic-Republican from Delaware's at-large congressional district to the United States House of Representatives of the 15th United States Congress.[2] He was reelected to the 16th United States Congress and served from March 4, 1817, until January 22, 1821, when he resigned.[2] He was an unsuccessful candidate in 1820 for reelection to the 17th United States Congress.[2] He was a member of the Delaware Senate in 1822.[2] He was the compiler of the Revised Code of Delaware in 1829.[2] He was a delegate to the Delaware constitutional convention in 1821.[2]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

Hall received a recess appointment from President James Monroe on May 6, 1823, to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Delaware vacated by Judge John Fisher.[1] He was nominated to the same position by President Monroe on December 5, 1823.[1] He was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 9, 1823, and received his commission the same day.[1] His service terminated on December 6, 1871, due to his retirement.[1]

Other serviceEdit

Hall was President of the Wilmington School Board from 1852 to 1870.[2] Hall was also the first President of the Delaware Historical Society.[3] In September 1831, Hall was among twenty-five founding members elected to serve on the board of the newly formed Wilmington Savings Fund Society, a community bank designed to provide persons with only modest savings a safe place to deposit their funds. On October 1, 1831, Hall was elected president of the bank, a position he held until 1872, when he retired at the age of 92.[4][5]


Hall died on May 10, 1875, in Wilmington, Delaware,[1] where he had moved in 1825.[2] He was interred in the Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery in Wilmington.[2]


In 1806, Hall married Junia Killen, the daughter of Chancellor William Killen and they had a daughter, Lucinda. Junia died in 1826 and Hall married Harriet Hillyard.[6]

Religious serviceEdit

Hall served as a ruling elder and Sunday School teacher in the Presbyterian Church.[5]

Electoral historyEdit

Election results
Year Office Subject Party votes % Opponent Party votes %
1814 U.S. Representative Willard Hall Republican 2,547 20% Thomas Cooper Federalist 3,960 30%
1816 U.S. Representative Willard Hall Republican 3,534 24% Caleb Rodney Federalist 3,433 23%
1818 U.S. Representative Willard Hall Republican 3,007 25% Thomas Clayton Federalist 2,902 23%
1820 U.S. Representative Willard Hall Republican 3,525 24% Louis McLane Federalist 3,918 27%

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See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Hall, Willard - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j United States Congress. "Willard Hall (id: H000076)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  3. ^ Hall 1883, p. 526.
  4. ^ "WSFS Founder's Day Ceremony" October 1, 2013
  5. ^ a b Hall 1883, p. 525.
  6. ^ Hall 1883, p. 524.


  • Conrad, Henry C. (1908). History of the State of Delaware. Lancaster, Pennsylvania: Wickersham Company.
  • Hall, David Brainerd (1883). The Halls of New England: Genealogical and Biographical. Albany, New York: J. Munsell's Sons.
  • Hoffecker, Carol E. (2004). Democracy in Delaware. Wilmington, Delaware: Cedar Tree Books. ISBN 1-892142-23-6.
  • Martin, Roger A. (1984). A History of Delaware Through its Governors. Wilmington, Delaware: McClafferty Press.
  • Scharf, John Thomas (1888). History of Delaware 1609–1888. 2 vols. Philadelphia: L. J. Richards & Co.
  • Wilson, Emerson. (1969). Forgotten Heroes of Delaware. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Deltos Publishing Company.

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from Delaware's at-large congressional district

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