"Capt. Joshua Gardner, reportedly on board the whaler Ganges, discovered an island in 1825, located at 4°20' S, 174°22' W, and named it "Gardner's Island". His discovery was reported in the Nantucket Enquirer, December 1827. However, contemporary Joshua Coffin (also reportedly on the Ganges) is sometimes credited with the discovery, naming the island after his ship's owner, Gideon Gardner."
We'll need to find profiles for these three. I don't see one for Gideon Gardner, who was also a US Representative. He'll need to be added! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gideon_Gardner Side note: This is the island where some believe Amelia Earhart spent her final days after crashing on or near the island.