|Countries||United States of America|
|Birth||1 January 1817 (New Castle, Delaware, U.S.A.)|
|Death||29 March 1867 (Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, U.S.A.)|
|Residence||Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, U.S.A.|
|Education||University of Delaware|
George Read Riddle (1817 – March 29, 1867) 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. 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 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.
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.
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.
|Office||Type||Location||Began office||Ended office||notes|
|U.S. Representative||Legislature||Washington||March 4, 1851||March 3, 1853|
|U.S. Representative||Legislature||Washington||March 4, 1853||March 3, 1855|
|U.S. Senator||Legislature||Washington||February 2, 1864||March 29, 1867|
|United States Congressional service|
|1851–1853||32nd||U.S. House||Democratic||Millard Fillmore||at-large|
|1853–1855||33rd||U.S. House||Democratic||Franklin Pierce||at-large|
|1863–1865||38th||U.S. Senate||Republican||Abraham Lincoln||class 1|
|1865–1867||39th||U.S. Senate||Republican||Andrew Johnson||class 1|
|1844||U.S. Representative||George R. Riddle||Democratic||6,023||49%||John W. Houston||Whig||6,229||51%|
|1850||U.S. Representative||George R. Riddle||Democratic||6,055||49%||George B. Rodney||Whig||5,926||48%|
|1852||U.S. Representative||George R. Riddle||Democratic||6,692||50%||John W. Houston||Whig||6,630||50%|
|1854||U.S. Representative||George R. Riddle||Democratic||6,334||48%||Elisha D. Cullen||American||6,820||52%|
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
|U.S. House of Representatives|
John W. Houston
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Delaware's at-large congressional district
March 4, 1851 – March 4, 1855
Elisha D. Cullen
James A. Bayard, Jr.
| U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Delaware
February 2, 1864 – March 29, 1867
Served alongside: Willard Saulsbury, Sr.
James A. Bayard, Jr.