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Eli M. Saulsbury

Eli M. Saulsbury
United States Senator
from Delaware
In office
March 4, 1871 – March 3, 1889
Preceded by Willard Saulsbury, Sr.
Succeeded by Anthony Higgins
Personal details
Born (1817-12-29)December 29, 1817
Kent County, Delaware
Died March 22, 1893(1893-03-22) (aged 75)
Dover, Delaware
Political party Democratic
Residence Dover, Delaware
Alma mater Dickinson College
Profession lawyer

Eli May Saulsbury (December 29, 1817 - March 22, 1893) was a lawyer and politician from Dover, in Kent County, Delaware. He was a member of the Democratic Party, who served in the Delaware General Assembly and as U.S. Senator from Delaware.

Early life and family

Saulsbury was born in Mispillion Hundred, Kent County, Delaware, son of William & Margaret Ann Smith Saulsbury. He was the middle brother of Governor Gove Saulsbury and U.S. Senator Willard Saulsbury, Sr. Saulsbury was educated at Dickinson College, studied law, was admitted to the Delaware Bar in 1857, and began his practice in Dover, Delaware, where he lived.

Political career

Saulsbury served one term in the State House, during the 1853/54 session. In 1870 he successfully challenged his younger brother, incumbent U.S. Senator Willard Saulsbury, Sr. for his seat in the U.S. Senate. He went on to win three full terms, but was defeated in an attempt for a fourth term by Republican candidate Anthony Higgins. He was in office from March 4, 1871 until March 3, 1889, and served on the Committee on Privileges and Elections in the 46th Congress, and the Committee on Engrossed Bills in the 47th Congress through the 50th Congress.

Death and legacy

Saulsbury died at Dover and is buried there in the Silver Lake Cemetery.


Elections are held the first week of November. Members of the Delaware General Assembly take office the first week of January. The State House has a term of two years. The General Assembly chose the U.S. Senators, who took office March 4 for a six-year term.

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Delaware General Assembly service
Dates Congress Chamber Majority Governor Committees Class/District
1853/54 67th State House Democratic William H.H. Ross Kent at-large
United States Congressional service
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