Thomas Collins

First Governor of Delaware

Collins Sillhouette

This is the only known likeness of Thomas Collins.

Delaware was the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution, Thomas Collins helped make that happen.

Delaware Day

Further information about Thomas Collins and his place in history can be found on his Wikipedia page.

The state assembly ratified the Constitution on December 7, 1787. Collins signed the certification of the Assembly’s action and Delaware officially became the first state to ratify the Constitution.

Ratification Document

History tells us that ratification was not a forgone conclusion. There was fierce debate both for and against the proposed constitution. Delaware's quick acceptance of the document may have helped tip the debate toward ratification.

Unfortunately Collins was unable to fulfill his dream of seeing George Washington inaugurated president, Collins died March 29, 1789, a month before Washington’s first inauguration.

Belmont Hall

Belmont Hall, Collins estate, remained in family hands until it was sold to the state of Delaware in 1987.

Belmont Hall

The state used the house as a conference center until 2008. While it is still owned by the state, a local committee of volunteers now works with the state to preserve and promote the property for a variety of uses.

You can tour or even rent Belmont Hall for a special event. Information can be found here.

I am proud to say that Thomas Collins is at the root of my family tree!