Ernest Willard Gibson, Sr. (1872 - 1940)

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Birthplace: Londonderry, Windham, Vermont, United States
Death: Died in Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States
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About Ernest Willard Gibson, Sr.

Ernest Willard Gibson (December 29, 1872 – June 20, 1940) was a politician and lawyer from Vermont. He served as a United States Representative and Senator from Vermont.

Life and career

Gibson was born in Londonderry, Vermont and attended the common schools and Black River Academy in Ludlow, Vermont. He graduated from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont in 1894 where he was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity. He was a high school principal from 1894 until 1898, before attending the University of Michigan Law School in 1899. He later received his Masters of Arts degree from Norwich University in 1896. Gibson was admitted to the bar in 1899.

He served as the register of probate and deputy clerk of the United States district court. In 1906 he was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives. Gibson served in the Vermont State Senate, and was elected president pro tempore in 1908. From 1899 to 1908, he served in the Vermont National Guard. He served again in the National Guard from 1915 to 1923. In 1912 Gibson was a delegate to Republican National Convention from Vermont.

Gibson served as State's attorney from 1919 until 1921, and was secretary of civil and military affairs for Vermont from 1921 to 1922. He was chairman of the board of commissioners of Brattleboro, Vermont for eight years. He was vice president of Norwich University.

In November 1923, Gibson was elected to the United States House of Representatives as a Republican candidate to the Sixty-eighth United States Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Porter H. Dale. He was reelected to the Sixty-ninth, and the four succeeding Congresses, serving from November 6, 1923 until his resignation on October 19, 1933. He served on the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Treasury in the Sixty-ninth Congress, and on the Committee on Territories in the Seventy-first Congress.

In November 1933, Gibson was appointed as a Republican candidate to the United State Senate.[6] He was elected on January 16, 1934 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Porter H. Dale, and was reelected in 1938. Gibson served in the Senate from November 21, 1933 until his death on June 20, 1940. He died in Washington, D.C. and is interred in Morningside Cemetery in Brattleboro.

Personal life

Gibson married Grace Fullerton Hadley on November 25, 1896. They had four children, Frank Hadley Gibson, Ernest William Gibson, Jr., Doris Gibson and Preston Fullerton Gibson. Their son Ernest was also a U.S. Senator from Vermont.

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Ernest Willard Gibson, U.S. Senator's Timeline

December 29, 1872
Londonderry, Windham, Vermont, United States
Age 28
Brattleboro, Windham County, Vermont
June 20, 1940
Age 67
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States
Morningside Cemetery Brattleboro Windham County Vermont