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Herbert Birchby Warburton (September 21, 1916 – July 30, 1983) was an American lawyer and politician from Wilmington, in New Castle County, Delaware and Frankford, in Sussex County, Delaware. He was a veteran of World War II, and a member of the Republican Party, who served as U.S. Representative from Delaware.

Herbert B. Warburton
Herbert B. Warburton (Delaware Congressman).jpg
From 1953's Pocket Congressional Directory of the 83rd Congress.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Delaware's At-large district
In office
January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1955
Preceded byJ. Caleb Boggs
Succeeded byHarris B. McDowell, Jr.
Personal details
Born(1916-09-21)September 21, 1916
Wilmington, Delaware
DiedJuly 30, 1983(1983-07-30) (aged 66)
Lewes, Delaware
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceWilmington, Delaware
Frankford, Delaware
Alma materUniversity of Delaware
Dickinson School of Law
Military service
AllegianceUnited States of America
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Years of service1941–1946
Unit122nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion
Battles/warsWorld War II

Early life and familyEdit

Warburton was born in Wilmington, Delaware. He attended the public schools of Wilmington, and Reading, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware in 1938, and from Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 1941.

An ROTC graduate from the University of Delaware, he was commissioned a second lieutenant, and began active Army duty as first lieutenant of the One Hundred and Twenty-second Antiaircraft Battalion in September 1941. After graduation from the Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in September 1945 he served as a battalion commander until relieved from active duty as a major in December 1945.

Professional and political careerEdit

Warburton was admitted to the Delaware Bar in absentia in 1942 and began a practice following his return from the Army in 1946. He served as city solicitor for Wilmington, Delaware from 1949 until 1952. Warburton was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1952, defeating Democrat Joseph J. Scannell. He served in the Republican majority in the 83rd Congress. In 1954 he did not seek another term in the U.S. House, but unsuccessfully sought the United States Senate seat of incumbent Democrat J. Allen Frear, Jr. In all, Warburton served from January 3, 1953 until January 3, 1955, all but the first 17 days falling during the administration of U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Following his congressional service, Warburton was appointed special assistant to United States Secretary of Labor, James P. Mitchell from 1955 until 1957, general counsel for the Post Office Department from 1957 until 1961, and minority counsel to the U.S. House Government Operations subcommittee, serving there from 1961 to 1964. Subsequently, he became a resident of Frankford, Delaware and was executive director of the American Orthotics and Prosthetics Association and the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics.

Death and legacyEdit

Warburton died in Lewes, Delaware.


Elections are held the first Tuesday after November 1. U.S. Representatives take office January 3 and have a two-year term.

Public Offices
Office Type Location Began office Ended office notes
U.S. Representative Legislature Washington January 3, 1953 January 3, 1955
United States Congressional service
Dates Congress Chamber Majority President Committees Class/District
1953–1955 83rd U.S. House Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower at-large
Election results
Year Office Subject Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes %
1952 U.S. Representative Herbert B. Warburton Republican 88,285 52% Joseph J. Scannell Democratic 81,730 48%
1954 U.S. Senator Herbert B. Warburton Republican 62,389 43% J. Allen Frear, Jr. Democratic 82,511 57%

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