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Florence Reville Gibbs (April 4, 1890 – August 19, 1964) was a Democratic congresswoman, the first woman to represent Georgia in the United States House of Representatives.

Florence Reville Gibbs
Florence Gibbs.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 8th district
In office
October 1, 1940 – January 3, 1941
Preceded byW. Benjamin Gibbs
Succeeded byJohn S. Gibson
Personal details
BornApril 4, 1890
Thomson, Georgia, U.S.
DiedAugust 19, 1964(1964-08-19) (aged 74)
Jesup, Georgia, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Willis Benjamin Gibbs
ResidenceJesup, Georgia
Alma materBrenau College

LifeEdit

Florence Reville was born April 4, 1890, in Thomson, McDuffie County, Georgia. She grew up there, attending public schools, and then graduated from Brenau College in Gainesville, Georgia. She married Willis Benjamin Gibbs, a Georgia attorney and politician.

In 1938, W. Benjamin Gibbs was elected as a Democrat to represent Georgia's Eighth congressional district in the 76th United States Congress. He took his seat on January 3, 1939, and served until his death in 1940. Florence Gibbs was elected as a Democrat in the special election to fill the vacant seat left by her husband's death; she took office October 1, 1940. She did not run in the general election to represent the district in the 77th United States Congress, and she left office January 3, 1941.

After leaving Congress, Florence Gibbs retired from public life and resided in Jesup, Georgia, until her death there on August 19, 1964.

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ReferencesEdit

  • Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
W. Benjamin Gibbs
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 8th congressional district

October 1, 1940 – January 3, 1941
Succeeded by
John S. Gibson