Family Tradition

The travel desk below once belonged to Sarah’s grandfather William Channing Gibbs, elected Governor of Rhode Island from 1821 to 1824. While she never became a publicly elected official, Sarah briefly considered running for Congress in 1924. She also hosted a number of national and international dignitaries at the Pavilion, including President Howard Taft in 1909.

Featured below:

  • The first portrait is of William Channing Gibbs during his tenure as Governor of Rhode Island.
  • The second portrait is of Colonel Robert Means Thompson, Sarah’s father, painted shortly after being honored by the United States Naval Academy for his dedication and philanthropic support.