Lynne Cheney, Author and Historian Lynne Cheney is the wife of Vice President Dick Cheney. She is currently a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and is the former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. She has written a number of books for children. Cheney is the author of the children's books A is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women, and America: A Patriotic Primer. Her latest is When Washington Crossed the Delaware.