Ebe Walter Tunnell (December 31 1844 – December 13 1917) was an American merchant and politician from Lewes, in Sussex County, Delaware. He was a member of the Democratic Party, who served in the Delaware General Assembly and as Governor of Delaware.
During his term of office the present State Constitution, the Delaware Constitution of 1897 was written and adopted. It provided some additional representation for New Castle County in the Delaware General Assembly, but actually reduced the representation of Wilmington which by then was the most populous part of Delaware. Among many other changes it created the office of Lieutenant Governor, allowed Governors to be elected to a second term and gave him the veto, reduced judge's terms from life to twelve years, and eliminated the poll tax. It was also during his term that the General Incorporation Law was passed, creating the favorable business environment that has resulted in Delaware becoming the preferred place in the U.S. for companies to incorporate.
|Delaware General Assembly |
(sessions while Governor)
|Year||Assembly||Senate Majority||Speaker||House Majority||Speaker|
|1897-1898||89th||Democratic||Hezekiah Harrington||Democratic||Emery B. Riggin|
|1899-1900||90th||Democratic||Charles M. Salmon||Republican||Theodore F. Clark|
|Office||Type||Location||Elected||Term began||Term ended||notes|
|State Representative||Legislature||Dover||1870||January 3 1871||January 7 1873|
|Clerk of the Peace||Executive||Georgetown||1885||1890||Sussex County|
|Governor||Executive||Dover||1896||January 19 1897||January 15 1901|
|Delaware General Assembly service|
|1871-1872||76th||State House||Democratic||James Ponder||Sussex at-large|
|1894||Governor||Ebe W. Tunnell||Democratic||18,659||47%||Joshua H. Marvil||Republican||19,880||50%|
|1896||Governor||Ebe W. Tunnell||Democratic||15,507||44%||James R. Hoffecker|
John C. Higgins