Protesting the Post!

Previous Page Home Page Next Page

This 1968 letter from Mrs. Liehr reveals her opposition to Delaware's use of the whipping post as a deterrent to crime.

Protesting the Post

The whipping post in Delaware was made an official form of punishment in 1717. Each county had a post in the yard of the county jail. It was used on a regular basis for a variety of crimes. As early as 1867, the Baltimore American Newspaper wrote against the post as a form of punishment. Delaware was the only state still using the post by the 1930s. Between 1900 and 1945, 1600 people were whipped. In 1915, legislation was introduced to abolish the whipping post and was soundly defeated. The post was used for the last time in 1952; Governor Peterson was opposed to the post and in 1972 signed legislation to outlaw the whipping post.
The collection of Governor's Papers include correspondence, operation of the office, proclamations, oaths, commissions, appointments, reports, press releases, meeting minutes and much more. Before 1874, papers generated by the Governor's office are titled Executive Papers and contain much of the same type of records.