WILLEY, Earle Dukes, (1889 - 1950)


WILLEY, Earle Dukes, a Representative from Delaware; born in Greenwood, Sussex County, Del., July 21, 1889; attended the public schools and George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C.; was graduated from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa., in 1911; principal of Greenwood High School 1911-1915; secretary to Hon. Thomas W. Miller, Washington, D.C., 1915-1917; was admitted to the bar in 1920 and commenced practice in Dover, Del.; State librarian 1917-1921; deputy attorney general and prosecuting attorney for Kent County, Del., 1921-1931; judge of the court of common pleas of Kent County 1931-1939 and of the juvenile court of Kent and Sussex Counties 1933-1939; unsuccessful candidate for Lieutenant Governor in 1940; secretary of state 1941-1943; trustee of the University of Delaware, of the Elizabeth W. Murphey School for Orphan Children, and of the State College for Colored Students; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-eighth Congress (January 3, 1943-January 3, 1945); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1944 to the Seventy-ninth Congress; resumed the practice of law in Dover, Del., until his death March 17, 1950; interment in St. Johnstown Cemetery, near Greenwood, Del.