Charles W. Lippitt

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Charles W. Lippitt
44th Governor of Rhode Island
In office
May 29, 1895 – May 25, 1897
Lieutenant GovernorEdwin Allen
Preceded byD. Russell Brown
Succeeded byElisha Dyer, Jr.
Personal details
Born(1846-10-08)October 8, 1846
Newport, Rhode Island
DiedApril 4, 1924(1924-04-04) (aged 77)
Resting placeSwan Point Cemetery
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Margaret Barbara Farnum
ParentsHenry Lippitt,
Mary Ann Balch
ResidenceNewport, Rhode Island
Alma materBrown University

Charles Warren Lippitt (October 8, 1846 – April 4, 1924) was an American politician and the 44th Governor of Rhode Island.

Early life[edit]

Lippitt was born in Providence, Rhode Island on October 8, 1846. He graduated from Brown University. Later, he was involved in his father’s cotton and woolen manufacturing firm.


His father, Henry Lippitt, was governor of Rhode Island from 1875 to 1877 and his brother Henry F. Lippitt was a United States Senator from Rhode Island. He married Margaret B. Farnum on February 23, 1886.[1]

His son, Charles Warren Lippitt, Jr. (1894-1970), attended Harvard College and served as a sergeant in the 103rd Field Artillery Regiment during the First World War.

Another son, Alexander Farnum Lippitt (b. 1896), attended Harvard from 1916 to 1917. He enlisted in the Army in August 1917 and served as a 1st Lieutenant in the 166th Infantry Regiment of the 42nd Division. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for leading his men in a counterattack against the Germans. He was wounded in action, sent back to the United States and died at Fort Mott in Cape May, New Jersey on October 6, 1918. Lippitt Park in Providence was dedicated in his memory.

Political career[edit]

Lippitt served as a military aide, with the rank of colonel, to his father during his father's term of office as governor from 1875 to 1877.

Lippitt served as Governor of Rhode Island from May 29, 1895 to May 25, 1897.

He was an unsuccessful candidate for Republican nomination for Vice President in 1896.[2]

Lippitt's Castle[edit]

In 1899 Lippitt built an immense castle style brick mansion, near Bailey's Beach in Newport, Rhode Island, named Lippitt's Castle.[3] After Lippitt's death his son Charles Jr. had the castle torn down and sold the land. It was replaced in 1926 by a mansion named The Waves on the same foundation for the castle. The Waves was designed by renowned architect John Russell Pope as his own summer residence. Bricks from Lippitt's Castle can still be found in the waters near where the mansion once stood.


Lippitt joined the Rhode Island Society of the Sons of the American Revolution in 1896 and served as the Society's president from 1908 to 1909. In 1897 he was admitted as an hereditary member of the Rhode Island Society of the Cincinnati.

His sons, Charles Warren Lippitt, Jr. and Gorton Thayer Lippitt, also joined the Sons of the American Revolution. Charles, Jr. became a member of the Society of the Cincinnati after his father's death and Gorton became a member after Charles' death in 1970. Upon the death of Gorton, in 1978, the family's "seat" in the Society was "inherited" by their cousin Frederick Lippitt, who held the seat until his own death in 2005.


URI's Lippitt Hall was named after Governor Lippitt.

Governor Charles Warren Lippitt died on April 4, 1924. He was interred in the Swan Point Cemetery in Providence.


Lippitt Hall on the central quad of the University of Rhode Island in Kingston is named after Governor Charles W. Lippitt.[4]


  • Sobel, Robert and John Raimo. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978. Greenwood Press, 1988. ISBN 0-313-28093-2


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard, Lippitt family of Rhode Island.
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard, as above.
  3. ^ "Lippitt (Charles Warren) House, Newport". Providence Public Library. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  4. ^ "URI History & Timeline". University of Rhode Island. Archived from the original on 23 December 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2009.
Political offices
Preceded by
Daniel Russell Brown
Governor of Rhode Island
Succeeded by
Elisha Dyer, Jr.