Caesar Rodney

Caesar Rodney (1728 - 1784)

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Caesar Rodney
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Profile last modified | Created 6 Mar 2011 | Last significant change: 28 Mar 2019
21:22: SJ Baty edited the Biography for Caesar Rodney (1728-1784). (formatting: removed old citation mark) [Thank SJ for this]
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Preceded by
3rd President
George Read
Caesar Rodney
4th President
of Delaware
Succeeded by
5th President
John Dickinson


Caesar Rodney was a Founding Father in the American Revolution
Caesar Rodney is Notable.

Caesar Rodney was born in 1728 on his family's farm, "Byfield", on St. Jones Neck in East Dover Hundred, Kent County, Delaware. He was the son of Caesar and Elizabeth Crawford Rodney and grandson of William Rodney, who came to America in the 1680s and had been Speaker of the Colonial Assembly of the Delaware Counties in 1704. His mother was the daughter of the Rev. Thomas Crawford, Anglican rector of Christ Church at Dover. Among the Rodney family ancestors were the prominent Adelmare family in Treviso, Italy.

Caesar Rodney (October 7, 1728 – June 26, 1784) was an American lawyer and politician from St. Jones Neck in Dover Hundred, Kent County, Delaware, east of Dover. He was an officer of the Delaware militia during the French and Indian War and the American Revolution, a Continental Congressman from Delaware, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and President of Delaware during most of the American Revolution.

Rodney was also active in the military, beginning his service in 1756 during the French and Indian War. In that year, he joined a regiment of Kent County militia and was made the captain of a company from Dover Hundred. In May of 1775, following the battles of Lexington and Concord, Rodney was made colonel of the Kent County militia and in September of that year, was made a brigadier general. Perhaps Rodney’s greatest accomplishment was his involvement in Revolutionary activities. In 1765, he was selected as Kent County’s representative to the Stamp Act Congress, which met in New York. Rodney was also one of three Delaware delegates elected to the First Continental Congress in 1774, and in 1775 was elected to serve on the Second Continental Congress. It was while serving in this capacity that he made his famous ride to Philadelphia on July 2, 1776, to cast a deciding vote for the Delaware delegation to support Richard Henry Lee’s resolution calling for the colonies’ separation from England. Rodney, along with fellow Delaware delegates, George Read and Thomas McKean, signed the Declaration of Independence.


  • University of Delaware, RODNEY FAMILY PAPERS
  • 1773 - 1941

(bulk dates 1773 – 1858) Manuscript Collection Number: 321 Accessioned: Multiple purchases, 1960-1985. extent: .3 linear ft. (62 items) Content: Correspondence, journal entries, certificates, genealogy, will, passport, poetry, newspaper clippings, and essays. Access: The collection is open for research. Processed: July 2001 by Sally W. Donatello, revised January 2004 by Theresa Hessey

  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 21 June 2018), memorial page for Caesar Rodney (7 Oct 1728–29 Jun 1784), Find A Grave: Memorial #2783, citing Christ Episcopal Church Cemetery, Dover, Kent County, Delaware, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .


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On 5 Feb 2015 at 22:10 GMT June (Baker) Higgins wrote:

I think there is a typo in Rodney's death date. 1764 as his death year would have prevented him from all of his well-known activities and achievements! The bio has the correct year, 1784.

June Higgins

On 14 Nov 2013 at 05:38 GMT Maureen (Henigan) Rosenfeld wrote:

Could someone change his profile to open and add him to the 1776 project? Thanks

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