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Democrat George R. Riddle, one of Delaware's sitting U.S. Senators, dies suddenly in Washington, D.C.

George Read Riddle, circa 1864, detail

George R. Riddle, one of Delaware's sitting U.S. Senators in the Thirty-Ninth Congress, died on this day in Washington, D.C. at the relatively young age of fifty.  A Democrat and a slaveholder, he was born in New Castle, Delaware and educated at Delaware College.  He became a leading civil engineer in the region before serving two terms during the eighteen fifties in the U.S. House of Representatives. He had been named to the Senate in 1864.  He is buried in the Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery in Wilmington, Delaware, a burial place he helped design and lay out as a young engineer in 1844.  (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

"Obituaries," The American Annual Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1867 ... (New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1870), 559.