Delaware Geography and Famous Natives

Delaware geography

Much of Delaware’s land is very flat, averaging only 58 feet above sea level. The only significant exceptions are the rolling hills of the Piedmont Plateau, which covers the northern edges of the state; the state’s highest point is located there, rising to 447 feet.

The Coastal Plain, covering most of Delaware, is a low-lying stretch of land that borders the Atlantic Ocean. It is approximately 2,200 miles long, stretching from central New Jersey, south to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

The state’s eastern coastlines contain many bays, tidal streams, and swamps. Its southern border with Delaware contains over 30,000 swamp acres. Sandy beach fronts are large stretches of the southern Delaware Bay and Atlantic coastline.

The Delmarva Peninsula occupies parts of three US states: Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. The peninsula is about 180 miles long and nearly 71 miles wide. It is bordered by the Chesapeake Bay on the west, and the Delaware River, Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean on the east. The land of the peninsula is flat with a few low-lying hills in the north.

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The (mostly artificial) Chesapeake & Delaware Canal runs 14 miles long, 450 feet wide and 35 feet deep through Maryland and the Delaware, connecting the Delaware River to the Chesapeake Bay. It is a modern sea level electronically controlled commercial waterway, carrying ship traffic to the east and west.

The most significant river is the Delaware. Other notable rivers include the Mispillion, Muderkill, Nantok and St. Johns.

Delaware Famous Natives

People listed are almost always native to the state. We do (on occasion) include those who have either lived within the state for most of their adult lives or have made significant contributions to the state in their personal endeavors.


Richard Allen Slave, founder and first African Bishop Methodist Episcopal Church (born in PA)

Charles Allmond sculptor


Richard Bassett politician

James Ashton Bayard politician

Thomas F. Bayard politician

Shooting Bedford, Sir’s policy

Actress Valerie Bertinelli

Novelist Robert Montgomery Byrd, playwright, photographer

Leader Emily P. Bissell social civic causes

Jacob Broome politician, businessman

Trumpeter for Clifford “Brownie” Brown

Clayton Buglass Buck Sr. politician

David P. Baxon politician


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Astronomer Annie Jump Cannon

Joseph M. Carey politician

Michael N. Castle Politician

John Middleton Clayton statesman

Joshua Clayton physician, politician

Thomas Collins politician, President of Delaware


John Dickinson politician, “scribe of the revolution”

Alfred industrialist DuPont, philanthropist

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Henry Algermon DuPont industrialist, philanthropist

Henry Francis DuPont industrialist

Pierre Industrialist DuPont

E – J

Oliver Evans inventor

Actress Yvette Freeman

Dallas Green baseball player, manager

Henry Heimlich surgeon

John Hun abolitionist

Actor Doug Hutchison

Phonograph by inventor Eldridge Reeves Johnson

William Julius “Judy” Johnson baseball player

Jacob Jones naval officer


  • Ray Charles “Sugar Ray” Leonard’s boxer
  • Thomas McDonough naval official
  • Jack Markell politician
  • John Phillips Marquand author
  • Baseball umpire William McGowan
  • John McKinley first President of Delaware (born in Ireland)
  • Louis MacLaine statesman
  • Ruth Ann Minner first female governor of Delaware
  • Daniel Nathans microbiologist, Nobel laureate


  • Ryan Phillippe actor
  • Actress Terry Polo
  • Howard Pyle illustrator, author

R – S

  • George Reid American patriot, lawyer
  • Louis L. Redding attorney, civil rights advocate
  • Edward Willis Redfield artist
  • Judge Reinhold actor
  • Caesar Rodney patriot, statesman; elected President of Delaware while serving as Major General of the Delaware Militia
  • William Henry Harrison Ross politician
  • Actress Elizabeth Shu
  • Edward Robinson Squibb pharmacologist, chemist

T – W

  • Actress Estelle Taylor
  • Sean Patrick Thomas actor
  • James “Jim” Thompson designer, revitalized Thailand’s silk industry, “silk king”
  • George Thorogood singer, musician
  • Sherman W. Tribbitt politician
  • Actress Kathleen Widdoes
  • James Browning Wyeth artist

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