Sherman W. Tribbitt

Sherman Willard Tribbitt ( born November 9, 1922 in Denton, Caroline County, Maryland; † August 14, 2010 in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware ) was an American politician. He was from 1973 to 1977 Governor of the State of Delaware.

Early years and political rise

Sherman Tribbitt attended until 1941 the Beacom College, where he studied accounting. He then worked for a short time for a security company before he entered during the Second World War in the U.S. Navy. After the war, he operated together with his father- the Odessa Supply Company in Odessa, which specialized in iron goods and spare parts.

Tribbitt was a member of the Democratic Party. Between 1957 and 1964, and again from 1971 to 1972 he was a member of the House of Representatives from Delaware, where he was its president from 1958 to 1964. In 1964 he was elected as a candidate of his party for the new lieutenant governor of his state. He was 1965-1969 Deputy Governor Charles L. Terry. In 1968 he ran unsuccessfully for re-election. Four years later he was a candidate of his party for the gubernatorial elections this year. In the following elections he was the incumbent Russell W. Peterson hit with 51% of the vote.

Governor of Delaware

Sherman Tribbitt took up his new post on January 16, 1973. During his reign the heavily damaged Farmer's Bank was saved from collapse. A collapse of the bank would have the state of Delaware also taken into the financial abyss, since the state itself had invested his own money in this bank. Regardless of Delaware suffered in those years under a general economic crisis.

In Tribbitts reign of the public buildings were rebuilt disabled in Delaware. In addition, the governor tried using a specially established Ministry to attract new investors to Delaware. In 1976 he failed in the next gubernatorial election against Pierre du Pont IV, the candidate of the Republican Party. He had to resign from his post on 18 January 1977.

Further CV

In 1984 Tribbitt applied again to his party's nomination for the gubernatorial elections. But he could not prevail in the primaries. He then worked for a commission that dealt with the Delaware River Basin (Delaware River Basin Commission), and for a consultant company. Since 1943 Sherman Tribbitt was married to Jeanne Webb. The couple had three children.