- Constance J. Cooper
McKinly, John (24 February 1721–31 August 1796), physician and first president (governor) of Delaware, physician and first president (governor) of Delaware, was born in northern Ireland. His parents’ names are unknown. Nothing is known of his early life, education, or immigration to North America. While in his early twenties he established a medical practice in Wilmington, Delaware. McKinly soon became active in public affairs, serving as a militia officer in 1747–1748 and 1756 and as sheriff of New Castle County from 1757 to 1759. He was annually elected chief burgess of Wilmington between 1759 and 1762 and from 1766 to 1776....