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Edward Gilbert
Birth: 1819
Cherry Valley
Otsego County
New York, USA
Death: Aug. 2, 1852
Sacramento
Sacramento County
California, USA

Newspaper Editor, US Congressman. Born in Cherry Valley, New York, Gilbert volunteered for military service with the coming of the Mexican War and was commissioned a Lieutenant in Company H of Col. Jonathan Drake Stevenson's New York Volunteers. He would arrive with the regiment in San Francisco in 1847 and after his discharge, chose to remain in California. A journalist by trade, he founded the Alta California newspaper in 1849. In 1850 he was elected to serve as one of the first two Congressmen to represent California in the United States House of Representatives, a post he held until 1851. In 1852 he became an outspoken critic of Gov. John Bigler and the California Legislature's overland immigrant relief plan, criticism that quickly provoked a response from California State Senator James W. Denver. The conflict between the two men quickly escalated and led to Gilbert challenging Denver to a duel. Meeting on August 2, 1852 in Sacramento, Gilbert was shot and killed by Denver. Originally buried at Yerba Buena Cemetery and then Laurel Hill Cemetery in San Francisco, he was later moved to Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Colma following the outlawing of cemeteries in San Francisco city limits and buried unmarked in the Laurel Hill Mound mass grave.
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Burial:
Laurel Hill Cemetery (Defunct) *
San Francisco
San Francisco County
California, USA
*Former burial location
 
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Record added: Nov 12, 2009
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Edward Gilbert
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