Henry Molleston


Henry Molleston was born in Kent County, Delaware, United States on January 1st, 1762 and is the Politician. At the age of 57, Henry Molleston biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
January 1, 1762
United States
Place of Birth
Kent County, Delaware, United States
Death Date
Nov 11, 1819 (age 57)
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Henry Molleston Life

Dr.Henry Molleston, III (January 1, 1762 – November 11, 1819) was an American physician and politician from Dover, Delaware.

He was a member of the Federalist Party, served in the Delaware General Assembly, and was elected Governor of Delaware, but died before taking office.

Early life and family

Molleston was born in Mispillion Hundred, Kent County, Delaware, near Thompsonville. He was the son of Henry and Sarah Manlove Molleston. Alexander Mollestine, the ancestor of Lewes, Delaware, was undoubtedly Dutch and was a pioneer. Henry, Henry's grandfather, was a member of the Colonial Assembly in 1687. Henry III was the uncle of Dr. William G. Molleston, surgeon in the Delaware Regiment and member of the State House of Representatives. Jemima Ann, Colonel John Haslet's niece, and uncle of Dr. William G. Molleston, surgeon in the Delaware Regiment. He married Mary (Molly) Combe in 1793, and the couple had three children: Elizabeth, Jemima Ann, and a son. They were members of the Methodist Church of Ireland.


Henry Molleston Career

Professional and political career

Molleston, a physician, but also a miller and was known to have two mills on Isaac's Branch of the St. Jones River. He served as a Trustee of Union Academy in Camden. He is said to have lived at "Passey" or "Cooper's Corner," where State Street crosses US Highway 13.

Molleston was a member of the convention that drafted and approved the Delaware Constitution of 1792. He was elected to the State House in 1799 and served from the 1800 session to the 1808 session. He was elected again to the state legislature in 1814 and then to the state senate, where he served from 1815 to 1819. Speaker of the State Senate from the 1817 session to the 1819 session.

He was elected Governor of Delaware in 1819 by defeating Manaen Bull of Laurel, the Democratic-Republican nominee, but he died shortly after the election and before taking office. His death triggered something of a diplomatic crisis, as this event was not anticipated in the constitution. The agreed-on solution was for the newly elected State Senate to elect Jacob Stout as Speaker of the Senate and John Clark, the incumbent governor, to resign before the end of his term, so the newly elected Speaker would take over the position. It was also agreed that Stout would serve only one year as governor before a special election was held.