John George Gibson

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John George Gibson PC, QC (13 February 1846 - 28 June 1923), was an Irish lawyer and Conservative politician.

Background and education[edit]

Gibson was the youngest son of William Gibson of Merrion Square, Dublin, and Rockforest, County Tipperary. Edward Gibson, 1st Baron Ashbourne, was his elder brother. He was educated at Trinity College Dublin and was called to the bar at King's Inns, Dublin in 1870.

Legal career[edit]

Gibson was made an Irish Queen's Counsel in 1880, and 3rd Serjeant-at-Lavv in 1885.[1] In 1885 he was elected Member of Parliament for Liverpool Walton.[2] He was Solicitor General for Ireland from November 1885 to January 1886 and Attorney-General for Ireland from 1887 to 1888. He resigned his seat in 1888 to become an Irish High Court Judge. Maurice Healy in his memoir The Old Munster Circuit praises Gibson's charm and sense of fairness, although he rated him far below his brother Lord Ashbourne as a lawyer.[3]

Family[edit]

In 1871, Gibson married his cousin, Ann Sophia Matilda Hare, of Deer Park, County Tipperary, and lived at 38 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin. His elder brother Edward Gibson became Baron Ashbourne and Lord Chancellor of Ireland. Gibson died at the age of 77.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Liverpool Walton
18851888
Succeeded by
Miles Walker Mattinson
Legal offices
Preceded by
John Monroe
Solicitor-General for Ireland
1885-1886
Succeeded by
Hugh Hyacinth O'Rorke MacDermot
Preceded by
Hugh Hyacinth O'Rorke MacDermot
Solicitor-General for Ireland
1886-1887
Succeeded by
Peter O'Brien
Preceded by
Hugh Holmes
Attorney-General for Ireland
1887
Succeeded by
Peter O'Brien