Henry R. Gibson

Henry Richard Gibson ( born December 24, 1837 in Kent Iceland, Queen Anne's County, Maryland, † May 25 1938 in Washington DC ) was an American politician. Between 1895 and 1905 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Henry Gibson was a cousin of Charles Hopper Gibson (1842-1900), who represented 1885-1896 the State of Maryland in both chambers of Congress. He attended the public schools of his home, then until 1858, the Decker 's Academy in Bladensburg, and then until 1862 the Hobart College in Geneva (New York). During the Civil War he served 1863-1865 in the army of the Union. He was employed in the Food Chain ( Commissary Department).

After a subsequent law degree from Albany Law School in New York State and its made ​​in December 1865 admitted to the bar he began in Knoxville (Tennessee ) to work in his new profession. In early 1866 he moved to Jacksboro. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Republican Party launched a political career. In 1868 he was State Representative for the processing of claims to the government of Tennessee. 1870 Gibson was a delegate at a meeting to revise the State Constitution. Between 1871 and 1875 he sat in the Senate of Tennessee; 1875 to 1877 he was a member of the House of Representatives of the State. In 1876 he returned to Knoxville, where he in 1879 the newspaper " Knoxville Republican " founded and edited. In 1882 he published the newspaper " Knoxville Daily Chronicle ". In 1881 he was appointed Post Office Inspector. From 1883 to 1885 Henry Gibson worked for the federal pension authority in Knoxville. In the years 1886-1894 he was the head of the second chancery district of Tennessee. Since 1889 to 1906, including during his time as a congressman, he was a lecturer at the Tennessee Medical College. There, he specialized in the law in the medical field.

In the congressional elections of 1894 Gibson was elected in the second district of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, where he became the successor of John C. Houk on March 4, 1895. After four elections he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1905 five legislative sessions. During this time, including the Spanish-American War was. In addition, at that time came, the Philippines and Hawaii under American administration. In 1904, Gibson gave up another candidacy.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Gibson was involved in until 1918 on the revision of the laws of the State of Tennessee. Then he withdrew into retirement, which he spent in the capital Washington. In this time he wrote some legal writings. He was also a consultant for a legal lexicon. Henry Gibson died on 25 May 1938 at the age of 100 years.