Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives, Gift of the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress
GIBBONS, Sam Melville (1920-2012)

GIBBONS, SAM MELVILLE, a Representative from Florida; born in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Fla., January 20, 1920; attended the University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.; LL.B., University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., 1947; admitted to the Florida bar in 1947; lawyer, private practice; United States Army, the Five Hundred and First Parachute Infantry, One Hundred and First Airborne Division, 1941-1945; member of the Florida state house of representatives, 1953-1958; member of the Florida state senate, 1959-1962; delegate, Democratic National Conventions, 1964, 1968 and 1984; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-eighth and to the sixteen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1963-January 3, 1997); chairman, Committee on Ways and Means (One Hundred Third Congress); was not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Fifth Congress in 1996; died on October 10, 2012, in Tampa, Fla.

University of South Florida Libraries
Special and Digital Collections
Tampa, FL
Papers: 1962-1996, 3117 boxes.
The collection consists of materials documenting Sam Gibbons's career in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1962-1996 . There is also material about Sam Gibbons's legislative career in the Florida House (1953-1957) and Florida Senate (1959-1962).

  • Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Sam M. Gibbons, Democratic Representative from Florida. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.