John P. S. Gobin
|John P. S. Gobin|
|7th Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania|
January 17, 1899 – January 20, 1903
|Preceded by||Walter Lyon|
|Succeeded by||William Brown|
|President pro tempore
of the Pennsylvania Senate
May 28, 1891 – June 1, 1893
|Preceded by||Boies Penrose|
|Succeeded by||Wesley Thomas|
|Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 17th district
January 6, 1885 – January 17, 1899
|Preceded by||Cyrus Lantz|
|Succeeded by||Samuel Weiss|
January 21, 1837|
|Died||May 1, 1910
|Spouse(s)||Annie M. Howe (1841–1913) (m. 1865)|
|Allegiance||United States of America
|Service/branch||United States Army
Pennsylvania National Guard
|Years of service||1861–1866 (Union Army)
1870–1907 (National Guard)
|Rank|| Colonel (USV)
Bvt. Brigadier General
Major General (National Guard)
|Commands||47th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment
2nd Bde, 1st Div, XIX Corps
8th Regiment, PA National Guard
3rd Brigade, PA National Guard
PA National Guard Division
|Battles/wars||American Civil War
Gobin was born in Sunbury, Pennsylvania on January 21, 1837, the oldest of four children of Samuel and Susanna Gobin Shindel. He was educated locally and became an apprentice at the Sunbury American newspaper, where he was trained as a printer. He then read law with M. L. Shindel and John K. Clement, the father of Charles M. Clement, with whom Gobin later served in the National Guard. Gobin was admitted to the bar in 1858, and began to practice in Sunbury.
In 1861 Gobin enlisted for the American Civil War and was commissioned a first lieutenant in Company F of the 11th Pennsylvania Infantry. After the unit's three-month term of service expired Gobin organized Company C of the 47th Pennsylvania Infantry, which he commanded as a captain.
The 47th Pennsylvania served throughout the rest of the war, primarily in Florida, South Carolina and Virginia, and Gobin rose through the ranks to become the regiment's colonel and commander. Major General Philip H. Sheridan rewarded Gobin for his performance at the Battle of Pocotaligo in South Carolina by nominating him for the brevet rank of brigadier general, which was approved on March 13, 1865. Near the end of the war he commanded 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, XIX Corps. After the surrender of the Confederacy, Gobin served as a Provost Marshal in South Carolina and Georgia until he was mustered out of the service on January 9, 1866.
After the war Gobin moved to Lebanon, Pennsylvania and resumed the practice of law. He was also active in the Grand Army of the Republic and the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. From 1897 to 1898 he was the G.A.R.'s national commander.
In addition to practicing law, Gobin was active in several businesses, including the local gas lighting company, the First National Bank of Lebanon, the City Mutual Fire Insurance Company and the Cornwall & Lebanon Railroad.
Gobin also carried out several civic responsibilities, including member of the board of trustees of Pennsylvania's Soldiers' and Sailors' Home, member of the board of commissioners of the Soldiers' Orphans Home, and member of the board of commissioners of the Gettysburg Monument Association.
Continued military service
In 1870 Gobin returned to military service as a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, commanding a company in Lebanon called the Coleman Guards with the rank of captain. In 1874 he was named commander of the 8th Regiment with the rank of colonel. In 1885 he was promoted to brigadier general as commander of the 3rd Brigade.
In 1898 Gobin was appointed to command his brigade when it was federalized for the Spanish–American War. He led his brigade during mobilization and training near Augusta, Georgia, but resigned in order to run for lieutenant governor, and returned to National Guard service in Pennsylvania.
In 1906 he was promoted to major general as commander of the Pennsylvania National Guard Division, succeeding Charles Miller. He commanded the division until he retired in 1907, and was succeeded by John A. Wiley.
Death and burial
- Cox, Harold (2004). "Pennsylvania Senate – 1899–1900" (PDF). Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.
- Charles Morris, editor, Men of the Century, 1896, page 261
- Supreme Council for the Northern Jurisdiction, Scottish Rite Freemasons, Abstract of Proceedings of the Annual Meeting Proceedings of the Supreme Council, 1910, page 309
- Georgia Grand Commandery, Knights Templar, Annual Conclave Proceedings, 1910, page 57
- William P. Smull (Harrisburg), Smull's Legislative Hand Book and Manual of the State of Pennsylvania, 1885, page 808
- Supreme Council for the Northern Jurisdiction, Scottish Rite Freemasons, Abstract of Proceedings of the Supreme Council, 1910, page 309
- William Henry Powell, editor, Officers of the Army and Navy (Volunteer) who Served in the Civil War, 1893, page 127
- Pennsylvania Adjutant General, Annual Report, 1887, page 266
- New York Press Company, New York Press Almanac, 1898, page 298
- U.S. Government Printing Office, U.S. Congress: Proposed Volunteer Retired List, 1906, page 57
- Pennsylvania Republican State Committee, A Campaign Text-book for 1898, 1898, pages 15–20
- L.R. Hamersly & Company (New York), Who's Who in Pennsylvania: A Biographical Dictionary of Contemporaries, Volume 2, 1908, pages 303–304
- A. W. Bowen & Company (Logansport, Indiana), The Progressive Men of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Volume 2, 1900, pages 630–31
- James H. Lamb Company, Lamb's Biographical Dictionary of the United States, Volume 3, 1900, page 312
- Sharon Trostle, ed. (2009). The Pennsylvania Manual (PDF). 119. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Department of General Services. ISBN 0-8182-0334-X.
- James T. White & Company, The National Cyclopedia of American Biography, Volume XIII, 1906, page 58
- Lewis Historical Publishing Company (New York), Encyclopedia of Pennsylvania Biography, Illustrated, Volume 1, 1914, pages 35–41
- Pennsylvania Adjutant General, Annual Report, 1911, page 298
- Berry Benson, Berry Benson's Civil War Book: Memoirs of a Confederate Scout and Sharpshooter, 2011, page xxxv
- Pennsylvania Adjutant General, Annual Report, 1906, page 287
- Pennsylvania Adjutant General, Annual Report, 1907, page 357
- Phoenixmasonry Masonic Museum and Library, 1913 Grand Commandery Knight Templar Portrait Plate, "Grand Master John Gobin", retrieved July 12, 2014
- Pennsylvania German Society, Annual Meeting Proceedings: 1909, Volume XX, 1911, after page 50
- John P. S. Gobin at Find a Grave
- Biographical Sketch
- The Political Graveyard
- Masonic biography of Gobin
- The Honorable John Peter Shindel Gobin (47th Pennsylvania Volunteers: One Civil War Regiment's Story)
|Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
|President pro tempore of the Pennsylvania Senate
|Pennsylvania State Senate|
|Member of the Pennsylvania Senate for the 17th District
|Party political offices|
|Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania