PROVIDENCE – The men and women of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Rhode Island mourn the passing of Lincoln Carter Almond, who led this Office with distinction for twenty-one years, over two terms.
“As United States Attorney, Lincoln C. Almond led by example: whether trying cases, or fearlessly pursuing investigations into organized crime and corruption, he set a standard for this Office that continues to resonate to this day,” remarked U.S. Attorney Zachary A. Cunha. “More than any other figure in recent memory, Lincoln Almond’s tenure set the bar for what it means to excel as a servant of justice. This Office mourns the passing of a legendary figure, and extends our heartfelt condolences to his family.”
First nominated as U.S. Attorney by President Richard M. Nixon, Almond was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 19, 1969, and served until 1978; he took up the post for the second time in November of 1981, following his nomination by President Ronald Reagan, and served with distinction until 1993. During his more than two decades as United States Attorney, believed to be the longest tenure in the State’s history, Mr. Almond was an exemplar of professionalism, the scourge of organized crime, and a prosecutor’s prosecutor. He served on the first committee of United States Attorneys formed to advise the Attorney General of the United States; led investigations and prosecutions of leading figures of the New England La Cosa Nostra and was a staunch and unremitting foe of corruption at every level of government.