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Henry Frederick Lippitt

Birthdate: (73)
Death: 1891 (73)
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Son of Warren Lippitt and Eliza Lippitt
Husband of Mary Ann Lippitt
Father of Charles W. Lippitt, Governor and Henry F. Lippitt, U.S. Senator
Brother of Maria Lippitt

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About Henry Lippitt, Governor


Henry Lippitt (October 9, 1818 - June 5, 1891) was the 33rd Governor of Rhode Island from 1875 to 1877.


Lippitt was the son of Warren Lippitt and Eliza (Seamans) Lippitt, married to Mary Ann Balch. Lippitt was the father of Charles Warren Lippitt, another Rhode Island Governor, and the father of Henry F. Lippitt, a U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, the grand-father of Rhode Island House Minority Leader Frederick Lippitt, the great-grandfather of John Chafee, another Rhode Island Governor, U.S. Senator and Secretary of the Navy, and the great-great-grandfather of Lincoln Chafee, the current governor of Rhode Island, and a former U.S. Senator himself.


Lippitt owned various mills, including the Hanora Mills and Social Mill in Woonsocket.

The Governor Henry Lippitt House is located in Providence. Completed in 1865, it was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976, and in 1981 was donated by the Lippitt family to Preserve Rhode Island.


Lippitt was a Republican and succeeded fellow Republican Henry Howard as governor of Rhode Island on May 25, 1875. He was governor for two years and was then succeeded by another Republican, Charles C. Van Zandt, on May 29, 1877.

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Henry Lippitt, Governor's Timeline

October 8, 1846
Age 28
October 12, 1856
Age 38
Providence, Providence, RI, USA
Age 73