Henry F. Lippitt

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Henry F. Lippitt
Henry F. Lippitt RI Senator.jpg
United States Senator
from Rhode Island
In office
March 4, 1911 – March 3, 1917
Preceded by Nelson Wilmarth Aldrich
Succeeded by Peter Goelet Gerry
Personal details
Born (1856-10-12)October 12, 1856
Providence, Rhode Island
Died December 28, 1933(1933-12-28) (aged 77)
Providence, Rhode Island
Resting place Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, Rhode Island
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Louise Bowen
(m. 1881; her death 1910)

Lucy Hayes Herron Laughlin (m. 1915; his death 1933)
Children Frederick Lippitt
Parents Henry Lippitt
Education Brown University (1878)
Occupation Business executive

Henry Frederick Lippitt (October 12, 1856 – December 28, 1933) was a United States Senator from Rhode Island.


Born in Providence, he attended private schools, graduated from Brown University in 1878, and joined his family's cotton textile manufacturing business.

Lippitt was director of the Slater Trust Company of Pawtucket and of several mill insurance companies. He was also vice president of the People's Savings Bank of Providence.

He served on the Governor's staff with the rank of colonel in 1888-1889 and was president of the New England Cotton Manufacturers' Association (now the National Textile Association) in the latter year.

Lippitt was elected as a United States senator by the Rhode Island Senate as a Republican and served from March 4, 1911 to March 3, 1917. He was unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1916 - the first year in which United States senators were elected by popular vote. While in the Senate, he was chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Agriculture (Sixty-second Congress).

After leaving the Senate, he again became actively engaged in the textile industry. He served as Chairman of the Board of the Manville-Jenckes tire fabric company of Pawtucket.

He was a member of the Squantum Association, the Hope Club and the Agawam Hunt. In 1892 he joined the Rhode Island Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Senator Lippitt died in Providence in 1933. He was interred in the Lippitt family plot in the Swan Point Cemetery.


In 1881 Lippitt married Mary Louise Bowen, a member of another family prominent in the Rhode Island textile manufacturing business. They had a son named John Bowen Lippitt (b. 1902).

Following the death of his first wife, Lippitt married Lucy Herron Laughlin in 1915, a sister of former First Lady Helen Herron Taft. They had two children - Rhode Island politician and philanthropist Frederick Lippitt and Mary Ann Lippitt.

Henry F. Lippitt was the son of Rhode Island Governor Henry Lippitt and the brother of Rhode Island Governor Charles W. Lippitt. He was also a great-uncle of John H. Chafee and a great-great-uncle of Lincoln D. Chafee, both U.S. Senators as well as governors of Rhode Island.

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United States Senate
Preceded by
Nelson W. Aldrich
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Rhode Island
Succeeded by
Peter G. Gerry