United States Congressman from Delaware
(1814-1896) Born in Concord, Sussex County, Del., he attended the Newark Academy, graduated from Yale College in 1834, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1837, and moved to Georgetown, Delaware, where he commenced practice. He served as the Secretary of State of Delaware, from 1841-1844. He was a U.S. Congressman, from 1845-51, serving as the chairman of the Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds. He was appointed Associate Justice of the Delaware Superior Court in 1855, and he served in that position until 1893. As a member of the 1861 peace conference held in Washington, D.C., he tried to prevent the country from plunging into civil war.
Signature with Place: 5 x 1 1/4, in ink, John W. Houston, Geo.[rge] Town, Delaware.