(Hartford, Conn./CBS Connecticut) – Connecticut is mourning the loss of a former state treasurer.

Gerald Lamb has died at the age of 89.

He served as Connecticut treasurer from 1963 to 1970.

Lamb was the first African American in the nation to be elected to that position.

After his tenure as treasurer, Lamb went on to become the state’s banking commissioner.

In a statement, Governor Dannel Malloy praised the Waterbury native for serving in a variety of leadership posts both on the local and state levels, saying Lamb broke barriers during a time when civil rights were being debated across the country.

Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wynan said in a statement that Lamb’s leadership made Connecticut a stronger and more diverse state.


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