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RIDGELY, Charles, physician, born in Dover, Delaware, 26 January, 1738; died there, 25 November, 1785. He was educated at the Philadelphia academy, studied medicine under Dr. Phineas Bond, and began to practise in 1758 at Dover, Delaware, where he passed his life. From 1765, with few intervals, till his death he was a member of the Delaware legislature. He was presiding judge in Kent county of the court of common pleas, and before the Revolution of the quarter sessions. He was elected a delegate to the State constitutional convention, and was afterward called again to the bench, which he occupied (luring the remainder of his life.--His son, Nicholas, jurist, born in Dover, Delaware, 30 September, 1762; died in Georgetown, Delaware, 1 April, 1830, studied law, was admitted to the bar of his native state, and after practising several years became successively attorney-general and member of the legislature. In 1801 he was appointed chancellor of the state of Delaware, and held that office for twenty-nine years until his death, that event occurring while the court over which he presided was in session. --His half-brother, Henry Moore, senator, born in Dover, Delaware, in 1778; died there, 7 August, 1847, received a good education, studied law, was admitted to the bar, and began to practise at Dover. He was elected and re-elected to congress as a Federalist, serving from 4 November, 1811, till 2 March, 1815. He then returned to Dover and continued to practise his profession until he was elected United States senator from Delaware in place of Nicholas Van Dyke deceased. He held the seat from 23 January, 1827, till 3 March, 1829, when he retired and resumed the practice of his profession.
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