Russell W. Peterson

Gov. Russell W. Peterson

Delaware

Term(s)
January 21, 1969 - January 16, 1973

Born
October 3, 1916

Passed
February 21, 2011

Party
Republican

School(s)
University of Wisconsin

Birth State
Wisconsin

Family:
Married Lillian Turner; four children

BIO

RUSSELL W. PETERSON was born in Portage, Wisconsin, on October 3, 1916. Peterson received a B.S. in 1938 and a Ph.D. in 1942, both from University of Wisconsin, and became a chemist. Peterson was not a career politician and only ran for public office twice, both times as governor. A staunch environmentalist, Governor Peterson was the guiding force behind the Delaware Coastal Zone Management Act of 1971 which protected the state inland bays and waterways. This piece of legislation has since been used by other states to protect their shorelines. During his tenure as governor, Peterson chaired the Education Commission of the States from 1970 to 1971. He died on February 21, 2011.

Source

Governors of the American States, Commonwealths and Territories, National Governors' Conference, 1972.

Delaware's Governors