William C. Gibbs

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
William Channing Gibbs
William Channing Gibbs.jpg
Official Rhode Island State House portrait by James Sullivan Lincoln
10th Governor of Rhode Island
In office
May 2, 1821 – May 5, 1824
Preceded by Nehemiah R. Knight
Succeeded by James Fenner
Personal details
Born (1789-02-10)February 10, 1789
Newport, Rhode Island
Died February 24, 1871(1871-02-24) (aged 82)
Resting place Island Cemetery, Newport, Rhode Island
Spouse(s) Mary Kane

William Channing Gibbs (February 10, 1789 – February 24, 1871) was the tenth Governor of Rhode Island from 1821 to 1824.

Early life[edit]

Gibbs was born in Newport, Rhode Island, the son of George Gibbs and Mary Channing. He served in the state militia, rising to the rank of major general.

He was married to Mary Kane, with whom he had ten children. One daughter, Sarah Gibbs, married Robert Means Thompson, a naval officer, business executive and president of the American Olympic Association. [1]

His son Theodore K. Gibbs served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. He was a 1st lieutenant in the 1st Artillery and received brevets (honorary promotions) to the ranks of captain and major for gallantry in action. He resigned from the Army in 1870 and lived in New York City and Newport, Rhode Island until his death in 1909. [2]

Political career[edit]

He was a representative in Rhode Island's General Assembly from 1816 to 1820. He served as governor from May 2, 1821 to May 5, 1824.

During the three terms that he was governor, the state ballot held the queston of expanding suffrage, but it was constantly rejected. In his last term, a Constitutional Convention drafted a document about voting rights irregularities, nevertheless, no changes to the State Constitution were accepted by the voters.[3]


  1. ^ Commanders-in-Chief Biographies of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, Robert Means Thompson
  2. ^ http://www.redwoodlibrary.org/sites/redwoodlibrary.org/files/attachments/research-aids/RLC.Ms_.537%20Theodore%20K.%20Gibbs%20commissions.pdf
  3. ^ "Rhode Island Governor William Channing Gibbs". National Governors Association. National Governors Association. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 

External links[edit]

Robert Means Thompson http://www.suvcw.org/mollus/pcinc/rmthompson.htm

Political offices
Preceded by
Nehemiah R. Knight
Governor of Rhode Island
Succeeded by
James Fenner