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Historical Character

Name: Carl(e)ton B. Gibson

Age: 57

Gender: Male

Race/Ethnicity: Caucasian

Profession: Educational Manager, (President of RAMI 1910-16)

Location: Rochester, New York

Personal Traits. Skills, Abilities and Characteristics: School Management, Educator, Global Politics, Level headed, Business, Promotion of Practical Education.

Biography (ca. 1921):
Carlton B. Gibson was born in Mobile, Alabama on September 18, 1863. He attended school at both the Barton Academy and the Mobile Military Academy as a child which led to him getting a Bachelors and Masters in Classical Studies(the culture of Ancient Greece and Rome) in 1885. During his studies Gibson managed to become the principal of the public school in Mulberry. After graduation, he helped establish and University Military School of Alabama and Married Martha Newcomb. He also served as the president of the Alabama central Female College in Tuscaloosa in 1893 for a short time.

He soon returned to the public school system to become Superintendent of Columbus City Schools and to establish the first school for industrial education in the south. The Primary Industrial School of Columbus opened in 1900 and introduced the children to new handicrafts that would later allow them to be more useful in local textile factories. With his new experience in technical schools, he was hired as the first president of Rochester Athenæum and Mechanics Institute in 1910. At the Institute he started the Co-operative Education program which required students to work part time while being in school as a form of practical education alongside the classic style.

Gibson left the Institute in 1914 to work on the Commission for War Relief, eventually resigning in 1915 to pursue the effort full time. His resignation wasn't recognized until the Institute found a new president a year later. Gibson continued his support towards the war by organizing schools for the Army and served as director of Vocational Training for the American Expeditionary Force.