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William C. Gibbs

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

Early life

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[1]

Political career

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.[2]


External links

Robert Means Thompson

  • National Governors Association Bio
  • Genealogy
Political offices
Preceded by
Nehemiah R. Knight
Governor of Rhode Island
1821 – 1824
Succeeded by
James Fenner

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