Pierre ‘Pete’ Du Pont IV Dies; Ran for President in 1988

Pierre 'Pete' Du Pont IV Dies; Ran for President in 1988 Pierre 'Pete' Du Pont IV Dies; Ran for President in 1988 In this April 27, 1987, file photo, Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, left, shakes the hands of former Delaware Governor Pierre Du Pont, right as former Virginia Governor Charles S. Robb looks on. (AP)

The Associated Press Sunday, 09 May 2021 11:57 AM

Pierre S. “Pete” du Pont IV, a former Delaware governor and congressman who sought the 1988 Republican presidential nomination, has died. He was 86.

Du Pont, a scion of the family that established the DuPont Co., died at his home in Wilmington, Delaware, on Saturday after a long illness, his former chief of staff, Bob Perkins, said.

Born to wealth and status, du Pont broke with family tradition in the 1960s, forgoing a comfortable career with his family’s chemical company for a life in politics.

After one term in the Delaware state House and three terms in Congress, du Pont was elected governor in 1976 and set about working to restore the state’s financial stability. He served two terms.

Du Pont announced his bid for the GOP presidential nomination in 1986 but dropped out 17 months later after poor finishes in the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary.