Thursday, February 12, 2015

Delaware - Wilmington, Caesar Rodney Statue

Wilmington, Delaware

Wilmington is the largest city in Delaware and the seat of New Castle County.  The statue of Caesar Rodney stands in front of the historic Hotel DuPont.  In 1776, Rodney rode 80 miles through a stormy night to reach Philadelphia in time to cast the deciding ballot for independence.

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Caesar Rodney (October 7, 1728 – June 29, 1784) was an American lawyer and politician from St. Jones Neck, Delaware. He was an officer of the Delaware militia during the French and Indian War and the American Revolution, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, a Continental Congressman from Delaware, and President of Delaware during most of the American Revolution.

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