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Pierre Samuel du Pont IV

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Pete DuPont (born January 22, 1935) (full name Pierre Samuel du Pont IV) is an American politician who served as Governor of Delaware from 1977 to 1985. As of 2005, he is national policy chairman of the National Center for Policy Analysis.

Du Pont was born to Pierre Samuel du Pont III and Jane Holcomb du Pont in Wilmington, Delaware. DuPont attended the Phillips Exeter Academy, Princeton University, and Harvard Law School, was in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1957 to 1960, and was employed by E.I. du Pont Co. from 1963 to 1970.

From 1971 to 1977 DuPont was the U.S. Representative from Delaware. He steped down from this office following his election as Governor of Delaware in the autum of 1976, a post he would be re-elected to in 1980. DuPont ran unsuccessfully for the Republican Presidential nomination during the 1988 election.

DuPont is married to Elise Ravenel Wood du Pont, heir to the Wawa Food Markets chain of convenience stores. The couple has four children. The couple divides their time between residences in Wilmington, Delaware and North Haven, Maine.


Preceded by:
William Roth
United States at-large Representative from Delaware
1971–1977
Succeeded by:
Thomas B. Evans, Jr.
Preceded by:
Sherman W. Tribbitt
Governor of Delaware
1977–1985
Succeeded by:
Michael N. Castle

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