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George Read Riddle was an American engineer, lawyer and politician from Wilmington, in New Castle County, Delaware. He was a member of the Democratic Party who served as U.S. Representative and as U.S. Senator from Delaware.

Early life and family


Riddle was born in New Castle, Delaware and studied civil engineering at Delaware College, now the University of Delaware
University of Delaware
The university is organized into seven colleges:* College of Agriculture and Natural Resources* College of Arts and Sciences* Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics* College of Earth, Ocean and Environment* College of Education and Human Development...

. In addition he studied law and was admitted to the Delaware Bar in 1848, beginning a practice in Wilmington, Delaware. With his engineering background, he was named as a commissioner to retrace the Mason-Dixon Line
Mason-Dixon line
The Mason–Dixon Line was surveyed between 1763 and 1767 by Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon in the resolution of a border dispute between British colonies in Colonial America. It forms a demarcation line among four U.S. states, forming part of the borders of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and...

 in 1849, and was otherwise engaged in the construction of railroads and canals. During the Civil War, Riddle served with the Home Guard of Wilmington. His wife's name was Margaret.

Political career


From 1849 to 1850, Riddle served as a Deputy Attorney General of the United States. After losing in the election of 1844, he was elected to the U.S. House in 1850 and served for two terms from March 4, 1851 until March 3, 1855. During the 33rd Congress, Riddle was the Chairman of the Committee on Engraving. Running for a third term he was defeated in 1854 by Elisha D. Cullen.

On February 2, 1864 Riddle was elected to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of U.S. Senator James A. Bayard, Jr. He served until his death on March 29, 1867.

Death and legacy


Riddle died while in office at Washington, D.C. and is buried in the Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery at Wilmington.

Almanac


Elections are held the first Tuesday after November 1. U.S. Representatives took office March 4 and have a two year term. The General Assembly chose the U.S. Senators, who also took office March 4, but for a six year term. In this case he was completing the existing term, the vacancy caused by the resignation of James A. Bayard, Jr.



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|U.S. Representative
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| |George R. Riddle
| |Democratic
| |6,023
| |49%
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| |John W. Houston
John W. Houston
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| |6,229
| |51%
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|1850
|U.S. Representative
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| |George R. Riddle
| |Democratic
| |6,055
| |49%
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| |George B. Rodney
George B. Rodney
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| |5,926
| |48%
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|1852
|U.S. Representative
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| |George R. Riddle
| |Democratic
| |6,692
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| |John W. Houston
John W. Houston
John Wallace Houston was an American lawyer and politician from Georgetown, in Sussex County, Delaware. He was a member of the Whig Party and the Democratic Party, who served as U.S...


| |Whig
Whig Party (United States)
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| |6,630
| |50%
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|1854
|U.S. Representative
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| |George R. Riddle
| |Democratic
| |6,334
| |48%
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| |Elisha D. Cullen
Elisha D. Cullen
Elisha Dickerson Cullen was an American lawyer and politician from Georgetown, in Sussex County, Delaware. He was a member of the American Party, who served as U. S...


| |American
| |6,820
| |52%
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  • Delaware Historical Society
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    ; website; 505 North Market Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19801; (302) 655-7161
  • University of Delaware
    University of Delaware
    The university is organized into seven colleges:* College of Agriculture and Natural Resources* College of Arts and Sciences* Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics* College of Earth, Ocean and Environment* College of Education and Human Development...

    ; Library website; 181 South College Avenue, Newark, Delaware 19717; (302) 831-2965