John Lester Hubbard Chafee

John Lester Hubbard Chafee

b. October 22, 1922, Providence
d. October 24, 1999, of heart failure

John Chafee headshot, late 1970s
(Quahog Museum Collection, circa late 1970s).

John Chafee was Rhode Island governor, 1963-'69; United States Secretary of the Navy, 1969-1972; United States senator from 1976-1999. Much beloved by his constituents, politicians can't name enough places after this guy.

Chafee was inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame in 1971. A bronze statue of him was erected in Colt State Park in Bristol in 2003.

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