James K. Gibson

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James King Gibson, Virginia Congressman.

James King Gibson (February 18, 1812 – March 30, 1879) was a nineteenth-century politician, merchant, sheriff and banker from Virginia.


Born in Abingdon, Virginia, Gibson attended the common schools as a child. He moved to Huntsville, Alabama in 1833, but moved back to Abingdon in 1834 and engaged in mercantile pursuits. He was duputy sheriff of Washington County, Virginia in 1834 and 1835 and was appointed postmaster of Abingdon in 1837, serving until 1849. Gibson was elected a Conservative to the United States House of Representatives in 1869, serving from 1870 to 1871. After declining reelection in 1870, he engaged in agricultural pursuits and banking until his death in Abingdon, Virginia on March 30, 1879. He was interred there in Sinking Spring Cemetery.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Alexander Boteler(1)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 8th congressional district

January 28, 1870 – March 3, 1871
Succeeded by
William Terry
Notes and references
1. Because of Virginia's secession, the House seat was vacant for almost nine years before Gibson succeeded Boteler.