Lincoln Almond, a former RI Governor passed away on January 3, 2023. Let’s see, how did Lincoln Almond die and his cause of death in detail.
How did Lincoln Almond die?
Lincoln Almond, a federal prosecutor who went after the Mafia as governor of Rhode Island for two terms, has passed away. He was 86.
Gov. Dan McKee revealed Almond’s passing on Tuesday morning.
“Lincoln Almond, a former governor of Rhode Island, passed away on Tuesday, and Susan and I were devastated to hear the news”, McKee remarked.
After a failed attempt in 1978, Almond was successful in his run for governor in 1994.
Residents of Rhode Island were still suffering at the time from a severe banking crisis, Democrat Bruce Sundlun’s erratic administration as governor, and a slew of corruption scandals that ruined the reputations of a former governor and two state Supreme Court justices.
Lincoln Almond cause of death:
Almond suffered prostate cancer in early 2001. Although, Lincoln Almond cause of death was not disclosed in the statement.
“The first governor to serve a four-year term, Governor Almond often said his number one goal was to make Rhode Island a place where people wanted to work and raise a family.
Whether it was expanding the number of state-subsidized child care seats, increasing education aid, investing in Rhode Island’s institutions of higher education, creating thousands of good-paying jobs, and laying the foundation for Quonset to be the economic engine it is today – Rhode Island was better off because of his eight years as governor,” McKee said.
McKee is set to begin the first full term Tuesday. During Almond’s first term, the state added roughly 22,000 employment as a result of the national dot-com boom picking up and the reconstruction of downtown.
However, when he ran for higher office as the Republican nominee against incumbent Democratic Congressman Fernand St Germain in 1968, he received only 38% of the vote.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family of former Governor Lincoln Almond. I enjoyed working with him when I was Mayor of Providence and he was U.S. Attorney. He was always a man of integrity and understanding. May he rest in peace.
— Joseph R. Paolino Jr (@joepaolinojr) January 3, 2023
McKee said flags at all state buildings will fly at half-staff until the day of his interment.
Just In: Per a statement from @GovDanMcKee, former Governor Lincoln Almond has passed away. McKee has ordered flags at all state facilities and buildings to be lowered to half-staff in honor of Gov. Almond. @wpri12
— Steve Laxton (@wpri12steve) January 3, 2023
Who was Lincoln Carter Almond?
Lincoln Almond Carter was born on June 16, 1936. He was an American lawyer, politician as well as a member of the Republican Party.
Almond was the United States Attorney for Rhode Island from 1969 to 1978 and 1981 to 1993 and from 1995 to 2003 he was the 72nd Governor of Rhode Island.
Lincoln Carter Almond was born in Pawtucket, the son of a bakery salesman, and graduated from Central Falls High School.
He obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island, where he met his future wife, Marilyn, after serving in the U.S. Navy, and his law degree from Boston University School of Law after that.
The recently graduated attorney entered politics right away, serving three full terms as town administrator in Lincoln starting in 1963.
Almond was appointed by the newly elected Republican president to become the new U.S. attorney for Rhode Island, a position he would maintain for nearly twenty years, with the exception of a three-year break in the late 1970s under the administration of Democrat Jimmy Carter.
As U.S. Attorney, Almond collaborated with other law enforcement authorities to encourage the downfall of the Italian mafia, whose notorious head Raymond L.S. Patriarca died in 1984.
Additionally, he participated in investigations into corruption that focused on a range of issues with public officials, including one of his predecessors as governor, and fellow Republican Ed DiPrete.
Almond won the 1994 GOP primary for governor by defeating Ronald Machtley, who had been endorsed by the party, and went on to defeat both York and independent Bob Healey in the November election with 47% of the vote.
Being the first Rhode Island University graduate to be elected governor made him happy. Almond had a reputation over the years as a moderate man of character, but he occasionally came under fire for what was perceived as a lack of work ethic, notably after undergoing surgery for prostate cancer in early 2001.
Tributes to Lincoln Carter Almond:
Alison Bologna tweeted,
BREAKING > Governor Lincoln Almond has died at the age of 86 @GovDanMcKee
has ordered all flags lowered to half staff
Ted Nezi tweeted,
Son of a bakery salesman, CF High grad, US Navy sailor, prosecutor, governor – here’s our full obit for Lincoln Almond, whose death was announced this morning by Gov. McKee.
David P. Tikoian for Senate posted,
Sincere condolences to the Almond and Johnson families on the passing of Governor Lincoln C. Almond. I was honored to serve on the Executive Security Detail during his term as Governor of the State of Rhode Island. He loved Rhode Island and has a passion for the University of Rhode Island.
Matt Allen Uncut posted,
Governor Almond was the first governor, I ever got to meet as Steve Kass’s producer. R.I.P
Martha Stamp posted,
Condolences to the Gov Lincoln Almond Family. I remember him well as I was RI top delegate to RNC convention in 1996 in Burbank Ca.
Former RI Gov. Lincoln Almond has died, per @GovDanMcKee‘s office
Almond was a gentleman and longtime former US attorney in RI
I remember him as gracious and having a good laugh
— Ian Donnis (@IanDon) January 3, 2023
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