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Joseph P. Comegys Chief Justice of Delaware In office May 18, 1876 – January 26, 1893 Preceded by Edward W. Gilpin Succeeded by Alfred P. Robinson United States Senator from Delaware In office November 19, 1856 – January 14, 1857 Preceded by John M. Clayton Succeeded by Martin W. Bates Born December 29, 1813(1813-12-29) Dover, Delaware Died February 1, 1893(1893-02-01) (aged 79) Dover, Delaware Political party Whig Democratic Spouse(s) Margaret A. Douglass Residence Dover, Delaware Profession lawyer Joseph Parsons Comegys (December 29, 1813 – February 1, 1893) was a lawyer and politician from Dover, in Kent County, Delaware. He was a member of the Whig Party and later the Democratic Party, who served in the Delaware General Assembly, as a U.S. Senator from Delaware, and later as the Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court. Contents 1 Early life and family 2 Professional and political career 3 Death and legacy 4 References 5 Images 6 Almanac 7 External links 8 Places with more information // Early life and family Comegys was born at “Cherbourg,” in Kent County, Delaware, near Dover, the son of former Governor Cornelius P. Comegys and Ruhamah Marim. He attended the old academy at Dover, studied law with John M. Clayton, was admitted to the Bar in 1835 and commenced practice in Dover. He married Clayton's niece, Margaret A. Douglass and had three children. Professional and political career Comegys was elected as a member of the State House twice, and served in the 1843/44 and 1849/50 sessions. He was also a member of the commission to revise the State Constitution in 1852. On November 19, 1856, he was appointed to the U.S. Senate, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John M. Clayton. He did not run again, and served until January 14, 1857, when his successor was elected. After many years in private practice he was appointed chief justice of the State Supreme Court on May 18, 1876 and served until January 26, 1893, just before his death. Death and legacy Comegys died at Dover and is buried there in the Old Presbyterian Cemetery, on the grounds of the Delaware State Museum. References Scharf, John Thomas (1888). History of Delaware 1609-1888. 2 vols.. Philadelphia: L. J. Richards & Co..  Conrad, Henry C. (1908). History of the State of Delaware, 3 vols.. Lancaster, Pennsylvania: Wickersham Company.  Images Biographical Directory of the United States Congress; portrait courtesy of the Library of Congress. Almanac Elections are held the first Tuesday after November 1st. Members of the Delaware General Assembly took office the first Tuesday of January. State Representatives have a two year term. The General Assembly chose the U.S. Senators, who took office March 4th for a six year term. They also chose the delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1852. Public Offices Office Type Location Began office Ended office notes State Representative Legislature Dover January 3, 1843 January 2, 1845 State Representative Legislature Dover January 2, 1849 January 1, 1851 Delegate Convention Dover 1852 1852 State Constitution U.S. Senator Legislature Washington November 19, 1856 January 14, 1857 Supreme Court Judiciary Dover May 18, 1876 January 26, 1893 Chief Justice Delaware General Assembly service Dates Congress Chamber Majority Governor Committees Class/District 1843/44 62nd State House Whig William B. Cooper Kent at-large 1849/50 65th State Senate Whig William Tharp Kent at-large United States Congressional service Dates Congress Chamber Majority President Committees Class/District 1856-1857 34th U.S. Senate Democratic Franklin Pierce class 2 External links Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Delaware’s Members of Congress Find a Grave The Political Graveyard Places with more information Delaware Historical Society; website; 505 North Market Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19801; (302) 655-7161 University of Delaware; Library website; 181 South College Avenue, Newark, Delaware 19717; (302) 831-2965 v • d • e Government of Delaware U.S. Senators • U.S. Representatives • Governors • Lt. Governors • Attorneys General • State Senators • State Representatives • Judges • Mayors General Assembly • Counties • Hundreds • Politics • Elections • Politicians • Lawyers • History Persondata Name Comegys, Joseph P. Alternative names Short description Date of birth December 29, 1813 Place of birth Dover, Delaware Date of death February 1, 1893 Place of death Dover, Delaware