Who served the longest as Kent County’s Sheriff?

  1. John F. Price
  2. H. Allen Blizzard
  3. Bartus O. Vickers
  4. None of the above.

The Answer: Bartus O. Vickers. 

Bartus O. Vickers was a lifelong Kent Countian who served in World War II as a member of the Navy Seabees. His father was Kent County’s Sheriff in the 1930s. Vickers was elected Kent County Sheriff in 1946 and served for 32 year until 1978. 

He is the longest serving Sheriff in Kent County history. He died of a heart attack his first full day out of office. He had just been elected Kent County’s Register of Wills and was scheduled to be sworn in.

The Kent County History Quiz is a weekly local brainteaser. Kent County historian and author Joan Horsey contributes to the quiz’s development. Our goal is to create an opportunity for local learning and discussion. If you have a quiz idea, send it to steve@kentpilot.org.