A wealthy ship owner and merchant who built a home at 64 South Battery, Charleston, in 1772, William Gibbes was the son of William and Alice Culcheth Gibbes. He was a member of the first and second Provincial Congresses, and a South Carolina state legislator. A member of the Committee of Five in the Council of Safety at the start of the Revolutionary War, he was also a member of the Committee of Secret Service which gathered war information. His family was evicted from their house when the British captured Charleston in 1780.
This text is adapted from Martha Severens "The Miniature Portrait Collection of the Carolina Art Association" published by the Carolina Art Association, 1984