John McKinly
(1721-1796) Governor

The only-known governor born in a foreign country. John McKinly was born in Northern Ireland on February 24, 1721. He immigrated to Wilmington in 1742, began a medical practice, and became actively involved in Delaware politics. McKinly served as a member of the Colonial Assembly, President of the Council of Safety, and helped to establish the Delaware Medical Society. He died on August 31, 1796..



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