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“G” is for Gibbes, Robert (1644-1715)

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“G” is for Gibbes, Robert (1644-1715). Governor. A native of County Kent in England, Gibbes immigrated to Barbados as a young man. By 1672 he had begun to accumulate large landholdings in South Carolina. Like other Barbadians, he seems to have moved back and forth between the island and mainland colonies for some years. By 1673 he was living in South Carolina. In 1708 Gibbes was appointed the Colleton family’s deputy in the colony and member of the Grand Council. As one of only three proprietary deputies in the province when Governor Edward Tynte died in 1710, Gibbes proceeded to bribe his way into the governor’s office and brought government to a virtual standstill for nearly two years. Robert Gibbes accomplished little during his governorship that ended in March 1712 with the appointment of a new governor.

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Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar received his B.A. degree from Davidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.