Gov. Pete du Pont

Honorary Chair of Leadership Delaware

Pete du Pont was a regular columnist on, the editorial page website of the Wall Street Journal. Entitled, Outside the Box, du Pont’s columns discussed public policy and political matters relevant to the times. He was Chairman of the National Center for Policy Analysis, an organization which promotes free enterprise and conservative governmental policies.

Pete du Pont has served as state legislator, U.S. Congressman, Governor, and in 1988 was a Republican candidate for President of the United States.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering in 1956 from Princeton University. After graduating from Princeton, he served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy from 1957-1960. He graduated with his Doctors of Law degree from Harvard University in 1963 and was the winning oralist in the Law School’s moot court competition. Upon graduation from Harvard, he joined the Du Pont Company at its Wilmington, Delaware, headquarters, and held several positions there until 1968 when he resigned to begin his political career.

He is a retired director of the Wilmington, Delaware law firm – Richards, Layton & Finger.

Pete du Pont was born in Wilmington, Delaware, on January 22, 1935. He is married to the former Elise R. Wood. They have a daughter, three sons, seven granddaughters, and three grandsons.