LATIMER, Henry

1752–1819

Biography

LATIMER, Henry, a Representative and a Senator from Delaware; born in Newport, Del., on April 24, 1752; pursued classical studies; studied medicine in Philadelphia, Pa., graduated from the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia in 1773 and from the Edinburgh (Scotland) Medical College in 1775; returned to the United States and practiced his profession in Wilmington, Del.; served as a surgeon in the Revolutionary War; member, State house of representatives 1787-1788, 1790, serving as speaker in 1790; successfully contested the election of John Patton to the Third Congress and served from February 14, 1794, until February 7, 1795, when he resigned; elected in 1795 as a Federalist to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of George Read; reelected, and served from February 7, 1795, until February 28, 1801, when he resigned; died in Philadelphia, Pa., December 19, 1819; interment in the Presbyterian Cemetery, Wilmington, Del.

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External Research Collections

Historical Society of Delaware

Wilmington, DE
Papers: 1799-1800. 3 items.

National Archives and Records Administration
Center for Legislative Archives

Washington, DC
Papers: 1793-1795. Contested election case of Henry Latimer v. John Paton, Delaware, in House of Representatives Committee Reports and Papers of the Third Congress.

University of Delaware Library

Newark, DE
Papers: 75 items (1795-1801) in Latimer family papers, 1690-1927. Ca. 3,000 items. Includes correspondence relating to constituent concerns, the election of 1800, political factions, and legislative bills. Finding aid.

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1801. 1 item.
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