Abijah Gilbert

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Abijah Gilbert
United States Senator
from Florida
In office
March 4, 1869 – March 4, 1875
Preceded by Adonijah Welch
Succeeded by Charles W. Jones
Personal details
Born (1806-06-18)June 18, 1806
Gilbertsville, New York
Died November 23, 1881(1881-11-23) (aged 75)
Gilbertsville, New York
Political party Republican

Abijah Gilbert (June 18, 1806 – November 23, 1881) was a United States Senator from Florida.

Born in Gilbertsville, New York, Gilbert attended Gilbertsville Academy and entered Hamilton College (in Clinton, New York) in 1822 as a member of the class of 1826, but did not return the following year.[1] He spent 1822 to 1850 engaged in mercantile pursuits in New York City before moving to St. Augustine, Florida in 1865.

An early advocate of abolitionism, Gilbert was a strong supporter of the Whig Party and, later on, the Republican Party. He was elected to represent Florida in the United States Senate as a Republican, and served from 1869 to 1875 as part of the Reconstruction effort. During that period of time, he missed 40.4% of roll call votes.[2]

Gilbert retired from business and political life after his Senate term ended while continuing to live in St. Augustine. He moved back to Gilbertsville shortly before his death in 1881. He is buried in Brookside Cemetery in Gilbertsville.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Catalogue of the officers & students of Hamilton College. December 2, 1822. :: Hamilton College Publications". contentdm6.hamilton.edu. Retrieved 2016-03-30. 
  2. ^ "Sen. Abijah Gilbert". GovTrack.us. Retrieved 26 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "GILBERT, Abijah, (1806 - 1881)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 26 April 2016. 

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United States Senate
Preceded by
Adonijah S. Welch
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Florida
Served alongside: Thomas W. Osborn and Simon B. Conover
Succeeded by
Charles W. Jones