Major David P. Buckson
David Penrose Buckson (born July 25, 1920) is an American lawyer and politician from Camden,
in Kent County, Delaware. He is a veteran of World War II and a member of the Republican
Party, who served as the 15th Lieutenant Governor of Delaware, the Governor of Delaware and
Attorney General of Delaware.
Buckson was born at Townsend, Delaware, son of Leon and Margaret Hutchison Buckson. He
first married Betty Savin in 1945 with whom he had two children, Deborah Gray and Brian
Roth. His second wife was Patricia Maloney, who he married in 1962, and with whom he had
four children, Marlee, David, Eric and Kent. They were members of the Methodist Church. He
graduated from the University of Delaware in 1941 with a commission as a Second Lieutenant
in the U.S. Army. During World War II Buckson served in the South Pacific and attained the
rank of major. Afterwards he resumed studies for a legal career, attending Dickinson College
Law School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Lieutenant Governor of Delaware
In 1955 Buckson was appointed a Judge in the Court of Common Pleas. A year later, in 1956, he
was elected Lieutenant Governor, defeating Vernon Derrickson. He served one term from
January 15, 1957 to December 30, 1960. At the end of his term, in 1960, he sought the Republican
Party nomination for Governor, but lost it to John W. Rollins. However, he became Governor
upon the resignation of Governor J. Caleb Boggs, who left to start his first U.S. Senate term,
and served the remaining 18 days of Boggs' second term.
Professional and political career
In 1962, Buckson was elected Delaware State Attorney General and served two terms, from
January 15, 1963 until January 19, 1971. He was a candidate for Governor again in 1964, when
he lost to Democratic former Chief Justice Charles L. Terry, Jr., and finally in 1972, when he
failed to receive the Republican nomination.
Buckson was later appointed by Governor Sherman W. Tribbitt to be a Judge in the Family
Court of Delaware where he earned a reputation for dispatching justice in the most efficient,
judicious, and evenhanded manner.
Buckson was the first Delaware attorney to have offices in more than one county. He is widely
recognized to have been the founder of Dover Downs, a volunteer fireman, decorated veteran
and officer of World War II and Commander of a National Guard unit. He has also been City
Solicitor for the Delaware municipalities of Newark, Middletown, Townsend, Smyrna, Clayton,
and Dover, all at the same time.
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