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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Treasurer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Navy Blue
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
San Diego, California
Favorite Quote:
Man-Made Obstacles Are Really Bumps In The Road To Success.

Birthplace

Born:
8/25/1924
Birth Location:
Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Treasurer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Navy Blue
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
San Diego, California
Favorite Quote:
Man-Made Obstacles Are Really Bumps In The Road To Success.

Birthplace

Born:
8/25/1924
Birth Location:
Elizabeth City
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Biography

Gerald A. Lamb, the first African American to be elected to the position of State Treasurer in the United States, was born on August 25, 1924, in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Lamb was the fourth of five children born to Addie, a homemaker, and Thomas, a teacher and principal. After graduating from high school in Elizabeth City, Lamb served in the U.S. Coast Guard for three years as a chemical warfare specialist. After his honorable discharge, Lamb studied at the Kerpel School of Technology, where he was trained as a dental technician.

After moving to Waterbury, Connecticut, Lamb became the general manager of Waterbury Dental Laboratories and met and married Verna Grier. In Waterbury, Lamb became active in community affairs; he was elected to the board of aldermen, where he served as president pro tempore of the board from 1959 to 1962, and as acting mayor from 1959 to 1961. Lamb went on to make history in 1962, when he was elected treasurer of the State of Connecticut, the first African American to hold this position in the country; he was re-elected in 1966.

Following his tenure as treasurer, Lamb became the commissioner of banking for the State of Connecticut in 1970, which was another first for an African American. In 1971, Lamb was hired as a senior vice-president at Connecticut Bank & Trust (CB&T), the largest bank in Connecticut; he prepared for this position by completing a program at the School of Commercial Lending at the University of Oklahoma. As senior vice-president, Lamb was responsible for public, government, and community relations, and corporate-social responsibilities.

As a prominent Democrat, Lamb was a White House guest on numerous occasions; just three weeks before the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, he met with then Vice President Lyndon Johnson, and they became close friends. Lamb was later designated a special ambassador to Venezuela by President Johnson for the inauguration of Dr. Raul Leoni.

After his retirement from CB&T in 1989, Lamb continued his active life in civic endeavors in Raleigh, North Carolina during the winter and in Martha ’s Vineyard in the summer months. He passed away on March 24, 2014, at the age of 89.

Gerald Lamb was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 23, 2005.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Gerald Lamb's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Gerald Lamb lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Gerald Lamb describes his mother, Addie Shannon Lamb
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Gerald Lamb describes his mother and siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Gerald Lamb describes his maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Gerald Lamb describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Gerald Lamb describes his paternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Gerald Lamb describes his father, Thomas Lamb.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Gerald Lamb describes his relationship with his paternal grandfather
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Gerald Lamb describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Gerald Lamb describes his house in the rural area near Elizabeth City, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Gerald Lamb talks about his father's farming
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Gerald Lamb describes his neighborhood in Elizabeth City, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Gerald Lamb remembers his parents explaining segregation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Gerald Lamb recalls his childhood aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Gerald Lamb remembers his family's birthday dinners
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Gerald Lamb describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Gerald Lamb remembers getting caught gambling
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Gerald Lamb remembers his friendship with HistoryMaker George Haley
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Gerald Lamb describes his religious affiliations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Gerald Lamb describes his involvement in the Episcopal church
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Gerald Lamb describes his elementary school experience, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Gerald Lamb describes his elementary school experience, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Gerald Lamb remembers his influential teachers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Gerald Lamb remembers P.W. Moore High School in Elizabeth City, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Gerald Lamb remembers an influential teacher from P.W. Moore High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Gerald Lamb remembers problem solving at Connecticut Bank and Trust
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Gerald Lamb describes the benefit of his analytical thinking
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Gerald Lamb describes his time in the United States Coast Guard
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Gerald Lamb remembers racism in the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Gerald Lamb remembers his duties in the U.S. Navy during World War II
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Gerald Lamb remembers becoming a dental technician
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Gerald Lamb remembers helping his wife obtain a teaching job in Connecticut
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Gerald Lamb describes the manufacturing industry in Waterbury, Connecticut
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Gerald Lamb describes the early years of his marriage
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Gerald Lamb describes his work as a dental technician
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Gerald Lamb remembers his community involvement in Waterbury, Connecticut
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Gerald Lamb remembers deciding to get involved in politics
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Gerald Lamb remembers meeting President John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Gerald Lamb remembers serving on the board of aldermen
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Gerald Lamb remembers running for Connecticut state treasurer
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Gerald Lamb remembers meeting Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Gerald Lamb remembers President Lyndon Baines Johnson
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Gerald Lamb recalls President John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy's assassination
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Gerald Lamb remembers the state of African Americans in politics
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Gerald Lamb remembers training elected African American politicians
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Gerald Lamb remembers his daughter's reactions to his political career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Gerald Lamb remembers serving as Connecticut state treasurer from 1963 to 1970
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Gerald Lamb describes his experience as an African American politician
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Gerald Lamb remembers becoming Connecticut's banking commissioner
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Gerald Lamb remembers advising other state banking commissioners
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Gerald Lamb recalls becoming senior vice president of Connecticut Bank and Trust
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Gerald Lamb remembers his time at Connecticut Bank and Trust
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Gerald Lamb remembers buying property in Massachusetts and North Carolina
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Gerald Lamb recalls his time at Raleigh's Saint Augustine's College
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Gerald Lamb lists his activities in retirement
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Gerald Lamb reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Gerald Lamb describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Gerald Lamb describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Gerald Lamb narrates his photographs