Gilbert F. Robbins
|Gilbert F. Robbins|
Official portrait in Providence City Hall
|14th Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island|
June 9, 1886 – January 7, 1889
|Preceded by||Thomas A. Doyle|
|Succeeded by||Henry Rodman Barker|
August 26, 1838|
Burrillville, Rhode Island
September 27, 1889 (aged 51)|
Providence, Rhode Island
|Resting place||Swan Point Cemetery|
|Spouse(s)||Susan Olive Arnold Whipple|
|Known for||Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island|
Gilbert F. Robbins was the mayor of Providence, Rhode Island from 1887 to 1889.
Gilbert F. Robbins was born in Burrillville, Rhode Island, to a family of farmers. He attended public schools until age 17, at which time he attended the academy at East Greenwich, where he studied "good hand-writing and ... book-keeping." Upon finishing his studies, he joined brother-in-law Serril Mowry's ready-made clothing business. The firm, Mowry, Robbins & Company, was successful.
Robbins was interested in politics and rose through the ranks. He was elected to the Common Council from the 7th Ward in 1879, then to the General Assembly. By 1883 he was president of the Board of Aldermen.
Mayor of Providence
During his tenure, he oversaw construction of a cable car tramway on Providence's East Side and electrification of city streets.
- Greene, Welcome Arnold (1886). The Providence Plantations for 250 Years. Providence: J.A. & R.A. Reid. p. 106.
- Bayles, Richard Mather (1891). History of Providence County, Rhode Island. Providence, Rhode Island: W. W. Preston. pp. 736–737.
- "Gilbert F. Robbins" (Informational display in Providence City Hall). Retrieved 24 June 2014.
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Thomas A. Doyle
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Henry Rodman Barker