William Henry Purnell Edit Profile
Graduate Delaware College (now U. Delaware), 1846. Read law with Judge John R. Franklin.
Admitted to Maryland. bar, 1848. Prosecuting attorney Worcester County (Maryland.). 1850-1853; deputy attorney general Maryland., 1853-1855.
Comptroller Maryland. Treasury, 1855-1861; deputy postmaster Baltimore, 1861. Organized “Purnell Legion,” 1861, commissioned colonel, resigned command, 1862.
President Delaware College, 1870-1875, instructor elocution and oratory, 1897-1902. Principal Frederick Female Seminary, 1885.
Married Margaret Neill Martin, June 13, 1849, 5 children including Caroline.