Gilbert De La Matyr

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Gilbert De La Matyr (July 8, 1825 Pharsalia, Chenango County, New York - May 17, 1892 Akron, Summit County, Ohio) was an American cleric and politician from New York and Indiana.

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He graduated from a theological course of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1854, and became an itinerant elder. He served as member of the General Conference in 1868, and for one term was Presiding Elder.

During the American Civil War, he helped enlist the Eighth Regiment of New York Heavy Artillery in 1862, and was its chaplain for three years. In 1867 he ran on the Republican ticket for New York State Prison Inspector but was defeated by Democrat Solomon Scheu.

After holding pastorates in several large cities he settled in Indianapolis, Indiana, and continued his ministerial duties. Here, De La Matyr was elected as a National Greenback candidate to the 46th United States Congress and served from March 4, 1879, to March 3, 1881.

He moved to Denver, Colorado, in 1881 and again engaged in preaching. From 1889 on, he was Pastor of the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Akron, Ohio.

He is buried at the Mount Albion Cemetery in Albion, New York.

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