Pennewill Takes Office

January 23, 1909


“Governor Elect” Simeon Pennewill is sworn into office by his brother, who used an ancient Latin Bible.


Dover, Delaware, January 20. – Governor Elect Simeon S. Pennewill was inducted into office Tuesday, the oath of office being administered to him in the Dover Opera House by his brother, Judge James Pennewill, of the Delaware bench. The ancient Latin Bible, which was printed in France in the sixteenth century, and which was secured from that country by the late John M. Clayton, of Dover, when secretary of state in the Buchanan administration, was utilized. Prior to the inaugural ceremonies a large parade was given, which was reviewed by the retiring governor and the new executives.
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