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Not to be confused with former Arizona Congressman, Gabrielle Dee Giffords

Charles L. Gifford
Charles L. Gifford (Massachusetts Congressman).jpg
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts
In office
November 7, 1922 – August 23, 1947
Preceded byJoseph Walsh (16th)
Joseph William Martin Jr. (15th)
Thomas H. Eliot (9th)
Succeeded by16th District eliminated in 1933
15th District eliminated in 1943
Donald W. Nicholson (9th)
Constituency16th district (1922–33)
15th district (1933–43)
9th district (1943–47)
Member of the Massachusetts Senate
In office
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1871-03-15)March 15, 1871
Cotuit, Barnstable, Massachusetts
DiedAugust 23, 1947(1947-08-23) (aged 76)
Cotuit, Barnstable, Massachusetts
Political partyRepublican
OccupationSchoolteacher; Businessman

Charles Laceille Gifford (March 15, 1871 – August 23, 1947) was a United States Representative from Massachusetts. He was born in Cotuit on March 15, 1871. Gifford attended the common schools, and taught in Massachusetts and Connecticut from 1890 to 1900. He later engaged in the real estate business on Cape Cod as the owner of several summer cottages rented by vacationers, and the operator of the Cotuit Inn. Gifford then became interested in oyster raising as president of the Cotuit Oyster Company, and cranberry farming.

He was elected a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1912–1913), and served in the Massachusetts State Senate (1914–1919).

He was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-seventh Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Joseph Walsh and on the same day was elected to the Sixty-eighth Congress. He was reelected to the Sixty-ninth and to the eleven succeeding Congresses and served from November 7, 1922, until his death. He was chairman of the Committee on Elections No. 3 (Sixty-ninth and Seventieth Congresses), and the Committee on Election of President, Vice President, and Representatives (Seventy-first Congress).

Gifford died in Cotuit on August 23, 1947, and was buried in Cotuit's Mosswood Cemetery.

See alsoEdit


  • United States Congress. "Charles L. Gifford (id: G000169)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Charles L. Gifford at Find a Grave
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph Walsh
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 16th congressional district

November 7, 1922 – March 3, 1933
Succeeded by
District eliminated
Preceded by
Joseph William Martin Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 15th congressional district

March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1943
Succeeded by
District eliminated
Preceded by
Thomas H. Eliot
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 9th congressional district

January 3, 1943 – August 23, 1947
Succeeded by
Donald W. Nicholson