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Grave of Caesar Rodney_DHS Photograph Collection CEM20On Sunday June 26, 1784, Caesar Rodney, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, statesman, soldier and patriot, died at the age of 55. Rodney was born on October 7, 1728.  At 27, he became high sheriff of Kent County and later held office as register of wills, recorder of deeds, clerk of the Orphans Court, clerk of the peace, and justice of the peace. He was speaker of the Delaware General Assembly in June, 1776 when it declared independence from Great Britain.  Later in 1778 he was elected president of Delaware. Caesar Rodney is perhaps best remembered for his famous and grueling ride on horseback from Dover to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, through a lightning and thunder storm, to cast the deciding vote from Delaware for Independence.  Sadly, Caesar Rodney’s specific grave location is a mystery. It is very likely on what was the Rodney family farm in St. Jones Neck, Kent County. Among the Society’s rare photographs is this image of his gravesite, before its location was lost to time.

 


Object of the Month

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The Victory Libery Loan Industrial Honor Emblem

As we look back at World War I, one hundred years after the events of the war, we have a chance to reexamine the role of the United States and Delaware in the war, both abroad and at home.  In 1919, the Grinnell Lithographic Company produced a flag, our object of the month for June, which the United States Treasury awarded to a Delaware corporation as an "Industrial Honor Emblem,” a symbol of the corporation's contribution to the Victory Liberty Loan. Read more.

 

 

 
 

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