Charles Gibbons

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Charles Gibbons
Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
Preceded by Tip O'Neill
Succeeded by Michael F. Skerry
Minority Leader of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
Preceded by Tip O'Neill
Succeeded by Robert F. Murphy
In office
Preceded by Robert F. Murphy
Succeeded by Frank S. Giles
Commissioner of Administration and Finance
In office
Governor John A. Volpe
Preceded by Charles F. Mahoney
Succeeded by William Waldron
Personal details
Born July 21, 1901
Grider, Kentucky
Died February 3, 1968
Political party Republican
Residence Stoneham, Massachusetts
Alma mater Barboursville Baptist College
Profession Parel delivery

Charles Gibbons (born July 21, 1901 in Grider, Kentucky, died February 3, 1968) was a U.S. politician who served as the Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1953 to 1955 as a Republican. As of 2014, he is the last Republican to serve as Massachusetts Speaker of the House.

He was the Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor in 1956, but lost to Robert F. Murphy.[1] He ran for the Republican nomination for Governor of Massachusetts in 1958 as a write-in candidate following the death of state Attorney General George Fingold; the only Republican seeking nomination.[2] He won the nomination, but lost the general election to incumbent Foster Furcolo 56%-43%.[3]

From 1961-62 he was the state's Commissioner of Administration and Finance. In 1964 he was indicted on 23 counts of accepting bribes.[4]


Party political offices
Preceded by
Ralph H. Bonnell
Chairman of the Massachusetts Republican State Committee
Succeeded by
Daniel E. McLean