GIBSON, James King, (1812 - 1879)


GIBSON, James King, a Representative from Virginia; born in Abingdon, Washington County, Va., February 18, 1812; attended the common schools; moved to Huntsville, Limestone County, Ala., in 1833; returned to Abingdon, Va., the following year and engaged in mercantile pursuits; deputy sheriff of Washington County in 1834 and 1835; appointed postmaster of Abingdon on December 19, 1837, and served until July 26, 1849, when a successor was appointed; upon the readmission of the State of Virginia to representation was elected as a Conservative to the Forty-first Congress and served from January 28, 1870, to March 3, 1871; declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1870; engaged in agricultural pursuits and banking; died in Abingdon, Va., March 30, 1879; interment in Sinking Spring Cemetery.