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Every state of the Union has given birth to people who have left a lasting impression on our history and culture. The following native Delawareans have played distinctive roles.

Born in Delaware

Name Born / Died Place
Richard Allen
Religious leader, Educator, Writer
Born: February 14, 1760 Sussex County, Del.
Died: March 26, 1831 Philadelphia
James Asheton Bayard, Jr.
Lawyer, Politician
Born: November 15, 1799 Wilmington
Died: June 13, 1880 Wilmington
Valerie Anne Bertinelli
Born: April 23, 1960 Wilmington
Robert Montgomery Bird
Writer, Physician
Born: February 5, 1805 New Castle
Died: January 23, 1854 Philadelphia, Penn.
Jacob Broom
Farmer, Surveyor, Businessman, Signer: U.S. Constitution
Born: October 17, 1752 Wilmington
Died: 1810 Philadelphia, Penn.
Henry Seidel Canby
Educator, Editor, Literary critic
Born: September 6, 1878 Wilmington
Died: April 5, 1961 Ossining, N.Y.
Annie Jump Cannon
Born: December 11, 1863 Dover
Died: April 13, 1941 Cambridge, Mass.
John Middleton Clayton
Politician, Statesman
Born: July 24, 1796 Dagsboro
Died: November 9, 1856 Dover
Henry Algernon du Pont
Soldier, Politician
Born: July 30, 1838 Wilmington
Died: December 31, 1926 Winterthur
Alfred Irénée du Pont
Born: 1864  
Died: April 29, 1935 Jacksonville, Fla.
Pierre Samuel du Pont
Chemist, Businessman
Born: 1870 Wilmington
Died: April 5, 1954 Wilmington
Oliver Evans
Born: September 13, 1755 Newport
Died: April 15, 1819 New York, N.Y.
Henry J. Heimlich
Born: February 3, 1920 Wilmington
Commodore Jacob Jones
Naval officer
Born: March 1768 Smyrna
Died: August 3, 1850 Philadelphia, Penn.
William Julius "Judy" Johnson
Baseball player
Born: October 26, 1899 Snow Hill
Died: June 13, 1989 Wilmington
Thomas MacDonough
Naval officer
Born: December 21, 1783 The Trap
Died: November 10, 1825 At sea, en route from the Mediterranean to New York City
John Phillips Marquand
Born: November 10, 1893 Wilmington
Died: July 16, 1960 Newburyport, Mass.
Howard Pyle
Teacher, Illustrator, Writer
Born: March 5, 1853 Wilmington
Died: November 9.1911 Florence, Italy
Theresa Elizabeth "Teri" Polo
Born: June 1, 1969 Dover
Caesar Rodney
Lawyer, Politician, Signer: Declaration of Independence
Born: October 7, 1728 Kent County
Died: June 25, 1784 Kent County
Elisabeth Shue
Born: October 6, 1963 Wilmington
Nicholas Van Dyke
Lawyer, Politician, Signer: Articles of Confederation
Born: September 25, 1738 New Castle County
Died: February 19, 1789 New Castle County

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