G. Hilton Scribner

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Gilbert Hilton Scribner
Gilbert Hilton Scribner.jpg
Secretary of State of New York
In office
Preceded by Homer Augustus Nelson
Succeeded by Diedrich Willers, Jr.
Personal details
Born (1831-04-23)April 23, 1831
Monroe County, New York
Died January 5, 1910(1910-01-05) (aged 78)
Yonkers, New York
Spouse(s) Sarah Woodbury Pettengill (m. 1856; his death 1910)
Relatives Charles Scribner, cousin

Gilbert Hilton Scribner (April 23, 1831 – January 5, 1910) was an American lawyer and politician who was Secretary of State of New York from 1870 to 1873.[1][2] He was a fifth-cousin of the publisher Charles Scribner.


He was born on April 23, 1831 in Monroe County, New York to Sewell B. Scribner.[1][3] he was a Republican member of the New York State Assembly (Westchester Co., 1st D.) in 1871.[4] He was President of the Belt Line Street Railroad of New York.[5] In 1884, he authored an article titled Where Did Life Begin? in Popular Science.[6] He married Sarah Woodbury Pettingill (born 1835).[7]

He attended Oberlin College, then studied law under Daniel B. Taylor. He was admitted to the bar in 1856. In 1856 he married Sarah Woodbury Pettengill in Rochester, New York. He became a member of the New York State Legislature in 1869. In 1870 he became Secretary of State of New York and held that position until 1873.[1]

He died at his residence "Inglehurst", on Pine Street on January 5, 1910 in Yonkers, New York.[8][9][1]


His daughter Sarah Marguerite (b. October 8, 1876) was an artist, poet and storywriter. She married (October 8, 1902) the third son of George Hamilton Frost, Edwin Hunt Frost (b. Chicago August 23, 1874).[10]


  1. ^ a b c d "Gilbert H. Scribner Dead. Ex-Secretary of State of New York and a Retired Lawyer". New York Times. January 6, 1910. 
  2. ^ "Index to Politicians:Scott-williams to Scruton". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 2008-04-22. 
  3. ^ Trevor, John B.; James B. Colgate; Yonkers Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument Association (1892). Yonkers in the Rebellion of 1861-1865. 
  4. ^ "Presentation to Hon. G. Hilton Scribner". New York Times. June 7, 1871. 
  5. ^ Frost, Thomas G. (1909). The Frost family in England and America. 
  6. ^ Popular Science Monthly (1884)
  7. ^ "Descendants of William True & Eleanor Stevens". Archived from the original on 2009-10-22. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  8. ^ "Death notices" (PDF). New York Times. January 6, 1910. 
  9. ^ "Gilbert Hilton Scribner". New York Times. August 6, 1910. 
  10. ^ Frost, T.G.; Frost, E.L. (1909). Frost Family in England and America, with Special Reference to Edmund Frost and Some of His Descendants. Russell Print. Company. p. 162. Retrieved 2015-08-27. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Homer Augustus Nelson
New York Secretary of State
Succeeded by
Diedrich Willers, Jr.