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Eustace GIBSON


GIBSON, Eustace, a Representative from West Virginia; born in Culpeper County, Va., October 4, 1842; attended the common schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in 1861; enlisted in the Confederate Army in June 1861 as first lieutenant; promoted to captain in 1863 and retired on account of wounds; member of the constitutional convention of Virginia in 1867 and 1868; settled in Huntington, W.Va., in 1871; member of the State house of delegates in 1877 and 1878, and served as speaker in 1877; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth and Forty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1887); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Justice (Forty-ninth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1886 and for nomination in 1888; again resumed the practice of law; died in Clifton Forge, Va., on December 10, 1900; interment in Spring Hill Cemetery, Huntington, W.Va.

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