CHAFEE, John Hubbard (1922-1999)

CHAFEE, JOHN HUBBARD, (great-nephew of Henry F. Lippitt; father of Lincoln D. Chafee), a Senator from Rhode Island; born in Providence, Providence County, R.I., October 22, 1922; graduated, Deerfield (Mass.) Academy 1940; graduated, Yale University 1947 and Harvard Law School 1950; admitted to the Rhode Island bar in 1950 and commenced practice in Providence; served in United States Marine Corps 1942-1945, 1951-1953; served in Rhode Island house of representatives 1957-1963; Governor of Rhode Island 1963-1969; Secretary of the Navy in the Cabinet of President Richard Nixon 1969-1972; unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1972; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in November 1976 for the term commencing January 3, 1977; subsequently appointed by the Governor, December 29, 1976, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John Pastore for the term ending January 3, 1977; reelected in 1982, 1988, and 1994, and served until his death due to heart failure on October 24, 1999; Senate Republican Conference chairman (1985-1991), Committee on Environment and Public Works (1995-1999); interment in family plot; posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on August 9, 2000.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: Correspondence in Elly Peterson papers, 1961-1985.


University of Rhode Island
Special Collections
Kingston, RI
Papers: 1962-2001. 1,200 linear feet. Gubernatorial, Secretary of the Navy, senatorial, and personal papers. Gubernatorial papers (1962-1968) include correspondence, legislative files, speeches, and campaign files. Secretary of the Navy papers (1969-1972) include subject files, speeches, memoranda, news articles, correspondence, appointment books, photographs, and scrapbooks. Senatorial papers (1972-1999) include Senate campaign records, records of the state office, and records of the Washington, DC office. Records of the state office include constituent casework, memoranda, speeches, notes, bills, correspondence, publications, news articles, and photographs. Subjects include the environment, labor market, immigration, campaign finance, and grant applications. Other subjects include gun control, women's issues, and historic preservation regarding the Blackstone River Valley and Rhode Island Cranston Street Armory. Washington office records include memoranda, speeches, notes, bills, correspondence, publications, news articles, maps, charts, and photographs. Subjects include foreign policy, health care reform, welfare reform, budget management, environmental management, education , and Rhode Island issues. Other subjects relate to international issues and the United States involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Sandinista-Contra Nicaraguan war, and human rights violations in East Timor. Multi-media records include photographs, motion picture film, video cassettes, audio tape, audio cassettes, zip disks, floppy disks, and CD-ROM compact discs. Records include films of campaign ads, Chafee radio show audio, video of Chafee appearing on news programs, and digital copies of correspondence, memoranda, and press statements. Personal papers (1973-1976) contain correspondence from failed (1972) and successful (1976) Senate campaigns, speeches, news articles, photographs, and mementoes from a trip to China. Finding aid available on-line.

  • U.S. Congress.Memorial Tributes Held in the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States Together with Memorial Services in Eulogy of John H. Chafee, Late a Senator from Rhode Island. 106th Cong., 1st sess. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1999.
  • Webber, David J. Outstanding Environmentalists of Congress. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Capitol Historical Society, 2002.