Two Neighbors * Two Governors * Two States

Two Neighbors * Two Governors * Two States (HM2JK3)

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N 38° 53.119', W 75° 49.975'

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The Citizens of Denton and Caroline County Honor Two Native Sons

— Sherman W. Tribbitt, Governor of Delaware, 1973; Harry Roe Hughes, Governor of Maryland, 1979-1987 —

Less than a block in both directions from this site, two young men from this small town grew up as Depression-era neighbors, competed in sports, later entered public service, and rose to the highest elective office in the neighboring states of Delaware and Maryland. This unique story of success may be unmatched by any other town of this size.

Sherman W. Tribbitt and Harry Roe Hughes were both born in November (1922 and 1926, respectively); both were raised on Franklin Street (the Tribbitt home was mid-block between 1st and 2nd; the Hughes home was at the SE corner of 3rd and Franklin); both graduated from Caroline High School (SWT 1939; HRH 1943), where both were star athletes; both served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; and both were long serving legislators before being elected governor in their respective states.

It was said of Delaware's Governor Tribbitt: "Because of his iron character and vast political experience, perhaps Sherman Tribbitt was the best person at the time to weather the storms that buffeted the state...."

Governor Hughes, described as "decent, honest, efficient, low-key, and businesslike" is credited with restoring "Maryland's reputation for integrity and good government."

The citizens of Denton and Caroline County take great pride in the achievements of these two

accomplished men, whose lives reflect so favorably on their families and their community. Their success will serve as a lasting inspiration to the young people of future generations.
HM NumberHM2JK3
Year Placed2008
Placed ByCaroline County Historical Socity, INc
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Date Added Sunday, August 11th, 2019 at 8:04pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 427759 N 4304379
Decimal Degrees38.88531667, -75.83291667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 53.119', W 75° 49.975'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 53' 7.14" N, 75° 49' 58.5" W
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