George Elliott: A Transformative President
Captain George M. Elliott, a Sussex County native born in Gumboro, saw the vast potential that The Lewes Historical Society possessed. After a career at sea as a graduate of the United States Naval Academy that saw extensive experience across the globe, George returned to Sussex County and settled in Lewes with his wife Trenny Marvil Elliott, the daughter of Society founder Dr. James E. Marvil.
George quickly became interested in Society affairs, was elected to the Board of Trustees, and eventually was selected to become President. Under George's time at the helm of the Society, the first electronic catalog of the Society's collection was instituted, The Journal of The Lewes Historical Society (now Lewes History) was first published, the Endowment was formed, and the first full-time professional staff was hired.
"George was the consummate leader for the Society and truly saw this institution was considered a leader not just in Lewes, but across Delaware," shared Mike DiPaolo, first Executive Director of the Society and hired by Elliott. "George's bequest to the Society and its investment in the Endowment Fund is a fitting tribute to George and his long-term commitment to the Society. Now that commitment will live on forever through the Endowment."
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