|Name||W. Laird Stabler Jr.|
Wilmington, Delaware 19807, United States
|| May 02, 1930
|Died||February 24, 2008
May 04, 2021 12:19am
|Info||Excerpted from Wilmington News Journal. |
"Stabler was born in 1930 in Nashville, Tenn., and moved with his family to Seaford when he was 9. He went to school in Seaford until 1944, then attended Cranbrook School, a private school near Detroit. He graduated from Princeton University in 1952 and from the University of Virginia Law School in 1954.
He returned to Delaware to practice law, first with the firm of Potter Anderson & Corroon and later in his own firm.
Stabler was appointed a deputy attorney general in 1961 and elected to the state House of Representatives in 1965. In the House chamber, he shared a desk with another freshman representative, Mike Castle.
Stabler served as majority leader during his second term, then ran for state attorney general in 1970 and won. He later became U.S. Attorney for Delaware.
When Stabler was in his late 40s, he was diagnosed with coronary artery disease, his family said. The condition meant his heart couldn't take the stress of running for high political office.
He stayed active in party politics, and fellow Republicans elected him national committeeman for Delaware in 1985. He served in that job until 2005. The post took him to the party's inner circles, friends said, and Stabler led the Delaware presidential campaigns of George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.
Stabler and his wife, Peg, got involved in a variety of non-profit organizations, including the Blood Bank of Delmarva and Delaware Hospice. He was chieftain of the Scottish Games of Delaware and a member or leader of several social clubs."
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