2008-05-15 / Upcoming Events

Chafee to speak at annual meeting

Former U.S. Senator Lincoln Chafee will address the Friends of the Jamestown Library Annual Meeting, which will be held on Wednesday, June 4, at 7 p.m. at the library.

Chafee will be the featured speaker and will discuss his new book "Against the Tide: How a Compliant Congress Empowered a Reckless President." Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Lincoln Davenport Chafee was born and raised in Rhode Island. He earned a degree in Classics from Brown University in 1975. While there, he was captain of the wrestling team and received the Francis M. Driscoll Award for leadership, scholarship and athletics.

After graduation, Senator Chafee attended horseshoeing school in Bozeman, Montana. For the next seven years, he worked as a blacksmith at harness racetracks in the United States and Canada. One of the horses he shod, Overburden, set the track record at Northlands Park in Edmonton, Alberta.

Upon returning to Rhode Island, Senator Chafee served two terms on the Warwick City Council and was elected Mayor of Warwick four times. As mayor, Chafee had a strong record of fiscal management, environmental protection, open space acquisition, inter-governmental cooperation, economic development, good labor relations, and significant increases in funding for schools.

In November, 1999, Chafee was appointed to fill the unexpired term of his father, Sen. John H. Chafee, who died while in office. In 2000, Chafee was elected to a six-year term in the United States Senate, where he served on the Committee on Foreign Relations and the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

In 2006, Chafee prevailed in a September primary but lost the November election in a nationally watched race. He is currently a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Watson Institute at Brown University in Providence.

There will be a short business meeting before the program, which is free and open to the general public. Refreshments will be served.

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