Col John Gibson

Col John Gibson

Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 16 Apr 1822 (aged 81)
Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section 2, Lot 129/130
Memorial ID 11199 · View Source
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Indiana Territorial Governor. Gibson was made the Indian agent at Pittsburgh to represent the interests of Virginia, in 1775, was elected the Colonel of the 6th Virginia and commanded a regiment during battles in the American Revolutionary War. After the war, he was a merchant, a member of Pennsylvania's constitutional convention in 1790, a judge in Allegheny County, (1791-1800) and Major General in command of the State Militia. In 1800, President John Adams appointed him Secretary of the Indiana Territory, serving until 1816. During that time, he was also appointed acting Indiana Territorial Governor, serving (1812-13) and then he returned to his position as Secretary of the Indiana Territory and continued in office until Indiana achieved statehood. After completing his term in Indiana government, he retired to private life in Pennsylvania, until his death at age 81.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

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In memory of
Col. John Gibson,
who departed this life on the 16th of April, 1822, in the 82d year of his age.
He was amongst the earliest settlers in the western part of Pennsylvania, and
participated in the long struggle for our independence. This testimony of respect
and affection is erected by the disconsolate widow.



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