Find out what happened on 2.26 in Delaware history!

This Day in Delaware History:

1865    Lt. Samuel Boyer Davis, grandson of his namesake who defended Lewes during the British attack in 1813 and who was reprieved from a death sentence for being a Confederate spy, was imprisoned in Fort Delaware.

1917    A bill giving women the right to vote failed in the state senate.

1923    The Delaware Trust Company opened a branch office at Four Corners in Middletown.

1926    After Governor Robert Robinson called out the National Guard at 21 year old Negro Harry Butler's trial, he was hanged in Georgetown prison yard before a crowd of 5,000 onlookers.  He was convicted for the murder of Eleanora Steinmetz of Bridgeville.


Today's facts were compiled by historian Roger Martin and brought to you by the Delaware Public Archives.  Visit and discover what DPA has to offer!