CHAFEE, Lincoln Davenport (1953-)
Senate Years of Service: 1999-2007

CHAFEE, LINCOLN DAVENPORT, (son of John H. Chafee; great-great-nephew of Henry F. Lippitt), a Senator from Rhode Island; born in Warwick, R.I. on March 26, 1953; attended Warwick public schools; graduated Brown University 1975; delegate to Rhode Island constitutional convention 1985; member, Warwick city council 1986-1992; mayor of Warwick 1992-1999; appointed on November 2, 1999, as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of his father, John H. Chafee; elected as a Republican to the U.S. Senate in 2000, and served from November 2, 1999, to January 3, 2007; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 2006; elected governor of Rhode Island as an Independent in 2010, and took the oath of office on January 4, 2011.

University of Rhode Island
Special Collections
Kingston, RI

  • Chafee, Lincoln D. Against the Tide: How a Compliant Congress Empowered a Reckless President. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2008.