Sam Gibbons collection

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Sam Gibbons collection
Gibbons, Sam M. (Sam Melville) ( Sam Melville Gibbons ), 1920-2012
Physical Description:
338.00 : (270 boxes) ;


Subjects / Keywords:
Florida -- Politics and government -- 20th Century ( lcsh )
Tampa (Fla.) -- Politics and government ( lcsh )
Tampa Bay Region (Fla.) -- History ( lcsh )


Scope and Content:
Primarily covers his years in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1960-1996.
Sam Gibbons and Gibbons family, U.S. House of Representatives
Sam M. Gibbons was born in Tampa Florida in 1920. His tenure in law school was interrupted by World War II, when he volunteered for the Army, and later for duty as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division. He served with distinction and in 1951 Gibbons was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, where he drafted the bill founding the University of South Florida is Hillsborough County. He founded USF's Foundation and served as its first president, expanded the City of Tampa by annexing suburbs, founded the Southwest Florida Water Management District, and began programs to save the state money and prevent corruption. He joined the Florida Senate in 1958, serving one term before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1962. Gibbons died in Tampa in 2012. As a member of Congress, Gibbons became known as a moderate democrat interested in free trade and tax reform. He joined Congress in time to vote for the land mark civil rights bill, Medicare, President Johnson's War on Poverty, and to vote for the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution giving the president the power to wage war in Vietnam, a vote he came to regret. He funneled Urban Renewal funds into Tampa's crumbling inner city. In 1969, he joined the influential Ways and Means Committee, where he would sit until his retirement in 1996, spending much attention on the Subcommittee on Trade. He put his free trade beliefs into action with the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI), passing two versions in the 1980s. He retired in 1996 after a stormy stint as the voice of opposition to the new Republican majority. During and after his career, he repeatedly called for the U.S. to lift its trade embargo against Cuba.

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Source Institution:
University of South Florida Library
Holding Location:
University of South Florida
Rights Management:
No restrictions.
Resource Identifier:
u29.221-g12-ead ( USFLDC Handle )

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