Earle D. Willey
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Earle D. Willey
Earle D. Willey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Delaware's At-large district

January 3, 1943 - January 3, 1945
Philip A. Traynor
Philip A. Traynor
Personal details
Born(1889-07-21)July 21, 1889
Greenwood, Delaware
DiedMarch 17, 1950(1950-03-17) (aged 60)
Dover, Delaware
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceDover, Delaware
Alma materGeorge Washington University
Dickinson College

Earle Dukes Willey (July 21, 1889 – March 17, 1950) was an American lawyer and politician from Dover, in Kent County, Delaware. He was a member of the Republican Party, who served as U.S. Representative from Delaware.

Early life and family

Willey was born in Greenwood, Delaware. He attended the public schools and was graduated from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 1911. He also attended The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. and was admitted to the Delaware Bar in 1920.

Professional and political career

Beginning as the principal of Greenwood High School from 1911 until 1915; Willey became secretary to U.S. Representative Thomas W. Miller in Washington, D.C. from 1915 until 1917 and State librarian from 1917 until 1921. Having been admitted to the Bar he was appointed deputy attorney general and prosecuting attorney for Kent County, Delaware from 1921 until 1931, Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Kent County from 1931 until 1939, and Judge of the juvenile court of Kent and Sussex Counties from 1933 until 1939. Willey was Secretary of State from 1941 until 1943 and served as a trustee of the University of Delaware, of the Elizabeth W. Murphy School for Orphan Children, and of the State College for Colored Students.

Willey was an unsuccessful candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Delaware in 1940, being defeated by Democrat Isaac J. MacCollum. Two years later, in 1942, Willey was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating incumbent Democratic Representative Philip A. Traynor. He served in the Republican minority in the 78th Congress, and lost his bid for a second term in 1944 to his predecessor, Democrat, Philip A. Traynor. Willey served from January 3, 1943 until January 3, 1945, during the administration of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Following his term, he resumed the practice of law in Dover.

Death and legacy

Willey died at Dover, Delaware, and is buried in the St. Johnstown Cemetery, near Greenwood, Delaware.


Elections are held the first Tuesday after November 1. U.S. Representatives take office January 3 and have a two-year term.

Public Offices
Office Type Location Began office Ended office notes
Judge Judiciary Dover 1931 1939 Court of Common Pleas
Secretary of State of Delaware Executive Dover January 15, 1941 January 3, 1943
U.S. Representative Legislature Washington January 3, 1943 January 3, 1945
United States Congressional service
Dates Congress Chamber Majority President Committees Class/District
1943-1945 78th U.S. House Democratic Franklin D. Roosevelt at-large
Election results
Year Office Subject Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes %
1940 Lt. Governor Earle D. Willey Republican Isaac J. MacCollum Democratic
1942 U.S. Representative Earle D. Willey Republican 45,376 54% Philip A. Traynor Democratic 38,791 46%
1944 U.S. Representative Earle D. Willey Republican 62,378 49% Philip A. Traynor Democratic 63,649 50%


  • Martin, Roger A. (1995). Memoirs of the Senate.

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