Dale E. Wolf

Dale Wolf
70th Governor of Delaware
In office
December 31, 1992  January 19, 1993
Lieutenant Vacant
Preceded by Michael Castle
Succeeded by Tom Carper
22nd Lieutenant Governor of Delaware
In office
January 20, 1989  December 31, 1992
Governor Michael Castle
Preceded by Shien Biau Woo
Succeeded by Ruth Minner
Personal details
Born (1924-09-06) September 6, 1924
Kearney, Nebraska, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Dale Edward Wolf (born September 6, 1924) is an American businessman and politician from Wilmington, in New Castle County, Delaware. He is veteran of World War II, and a member of the Republican Party, who served for three weeks as the 70th Governor of Delaware.

Early life and family

Wolf was born at Kearney, Nebraska, the son of Harry and Irene Wolf. He graduated from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska with a degree in agriculture. During World War II, he served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army, earning a Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart at the Battle of Okinawa. He married Clarice Elaine Marshall in 1945 and they have four children, Janet, Glenda, Thomas, and James.

Professional and political career

After the war, Wolf received his Ph.D. in agriculture from Rutgers University and soon took a position with the agriculture research division of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company. He became the Chairman of the Board of DuPont's Pharmaceutical Business and Group Vice President of the Agriculture business. Meanwhile he was at various times Chairman of the National Agriculture Chemical Association (NACA), Chairman of the International Agriculture Chemical Association (GIFAP), and a member of the Board of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Association (PMA). He retired from DuPont in 1987 to accept an appointment from Governor Michael N. Castle as State Director of Development, responsible for the capital budget, housing for the poor, tourism and economic development.

Lieutenant Governor and Governor of Delaware

Wolf was incumbent Governor Michael N. Castle’s choice for Lieutenant Governor in 1988 and won election, defeating Democrat Gary E. Hindes, a Wall Street investment executive from New Castle County. He served one term from January 20, 1989 until December 31, 1992. Wolf chose not to run for Governor in 1992 against the formidable candidacy of Thomas R. Carper. However, when Governor Michael N. Castle resigned to take his new position in the United States House of Representatives, Wolf served as Governor the remaining 20 days of Castle’s second term. He is, to date, the last Republican governor of Delaware.

Later career

Wolf later served as Chairman of Daynel International, a consultant group that assists companies interested in doing business in China. He lived in Guangzhou, China in 1995, setting up an office for the law firm of Mezzullo-McCandlish, of which he is the Senior International Consultant. He was vice chairman of the board of directors of the Emerald BioAgriculture Corporation, an agriculture biotechnology company in Lansing, Michigan, and since 1998, Vice Chairman of the WSFS Financial Corporation. He chaired the first Drug and Alcohol Abuse Coordinating Council for Delaware, and is the chairman of SURJ (Stand Up for what's Right and Just), an organization dedicated to improve the criminal justice system in Delaware.


Delaware General Assembly
(sessions while Governor)
Year Assembly Senate Majority President
pro tempore
House Majority Speaker
1993 136th Democratic Richard S. Cordrey Republican Terry R. Spence
Public Offices
Office Type Location Began office Ended office notes
Lt. Governor Executive Dover January 20, 1989 December 31, 1992
Governor Executive Dover December 31, 1992 January 19, 1993
Election results
Year Office Election Subject Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes %
1988 Lt. Governor General Dale E. Wolf Republican 128,144 54% Gary E. Hindes Democratic 111,240 46%




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Political offices
Preceded by
Shien Biau Woo
Lieutenant Governor of Delaware
Succeeded by
Ruth Minner
Preceded by
Michael Castle
Governor of Delaware
Succeeded by
Tom Carper
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