John L. Gibbs

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John L. Gibbs
John LaPorte Gibbs.jpg
14th Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota
In office
January 5, 1897 – January 3, 1899
Governor David Marston Clough
Preceded by Frank A. Day
Succeeded by Lyndon A. Smith
14th Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives
In office
Preceded by William R. Kinyon
Succeeded by Charles A. Gilman
17th Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives
In office
Preceded by Loren Fletcher
Succeeded by William Rush Merriam
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1838-05-03)May 3, 1838
Bradford County, Pennsylvania
Died November 28, 1928(1928-11-28) (aged 90)
Owatonna, Minnesota
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Martha Partridge Robson
Profession farmer, lawyer, county attorney, legislator, railroad commissioner

John La Porte Gibbs (May 3, 1838 – November 28, 1908) was a Minnesota legislator, two-time Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives and the 14th Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota.

Life and career[edit]

Gibbs was born in Bradford County, Pennsylvania in 1838 to Eli and Caroline Gibbs (née Atwood), both of whom were descendants of early settlers of Massachusetts and Connecticut (respectively). He was raised on his parents farm and attended schools in Le Raysville, Pennsylvania and at the Susquehanna Collegiate Institute in Towanda, Pennsylvania before attending the University of Michigan Law School, graduating in 1861.[1]

Gibbs moved west, traveling through Illinois and Iowa before settling in Albert Lea, Minnesota and working as a teacher. In 1862 he was elected attorney for Freeborn County, Minnesota. In 1863 he was elected to his first of five terms in the Minnesota House of Representatives as a Republican, serving from 1864-1866, 1876-1878, 1885-1887 and 1895-1897. He also twice served as speaker in 1877 and 1885. After his time in the state legislature Gibbs also served as Lieutenant Governor under Governor David Marston Clough from January 5, 1897 to January 3, 1899.[1][2]

While he had studied law, Gibbs earned his living as a farmer and owned property outside Geneva, Minnesota. He occasionally lectured on agricultural topics and was particularly well known as a dairy farmer, even winning election as president of the Minnesota Dairymen's Association in 1893.[1][3]

Gibbs died on November 28, 1908 in Owatonna, Minnesota.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Shutter, Marion Daniel (1897). Progressive Men of Minnesota. Minneapolis: Minneapolis Journal. pp. 340–341. 
  2. ^ a b "Gibbs, John La Porte — Legislator Record". Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. 
  3. ^ Proceedings of the 31st Annual Meeting of the Minnesota State Dairyman's Association. Journal Publishing Company. 1909. p. 145. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Frank A. Day
Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota
1897 – 1899
Succeeded by
Lyndon A. Smith
Preceded by
William R. Kinyon
Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Charles A. Gilman
Preceded by
Loren Fletcher
Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives
Succeeded by
William Rush Merriam