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John Rankin GAMBLE

(1848-1891)

GAMBLE, John Rankin, (brother of Robert Jackson Gamble and uncle of Ralph Abernethy Gamble), a Representative from South Dakota; born in Alabama, Genesee County, N.Y., January 15, 1848; attended the common schools; moved with his parents to Fox Lake, Wis., in 1862; was graduated from Lawrence University, Appleton, Wis., in 1872; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1873 and commenced practice in Yankton, Territory of Dakota (now South Dakota); district attorney for Yankton County 1876-1878; United States attorney for Dakota Territory in 1878; member of the Territorial house of representatives 1877-1879; served in the Territorial council 1881-1885; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-second Congress and served from March 4, 1891, until his death in Yankton, S.Dak., August 14, 1891, before the assembling of the Congress; interment in Yankton Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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