Silas Garber

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Silas Garber
Silas Garber published 1913.jpg
3rd Governor of Nebraska
In office
January 11, 1875 – January 9, 1879
Preceded by Robert Wilkinson Furnas
Succeeded by Albinus Nance
Member of the Nebraska House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1833-09-21)September 21, 1833
Logan County, Ohio
Died January 12, 1905(1905-01-12) (aged 71)
Red Cloud, Nebraska

Silas Garber (September 21, 1833 – January 12, 1905) was the founder of Red Cloud, Nebraska and was also Nebraska's third Governor.

Garber was born in Logan County, Ohio. He moved to Clayton County, Iowa when he was seventeen and started farming. He was married to Rosella Dana, and then to Lyra C. Wheeler.[1]


At the start of the Civil War, Garber joined the 3rd Missouri Regiment on October 3, 1862. He later transferred to Co. D, 27th Iowa Infantry, with a promotion to captain on April 13, 1863. He was mustered out of the Army on August 8, 1865.[2] He left the Midwest and moved to California where he engaged in livestock trading.[3]

Garber returned to the Midwest in 1870. He settled in Webster County, Nebraska, and in 1872, he laid out the town site of Red Cloud. Garber served as probate judge of Webster County, and in 1872 he was elected to the Nebraska House of Representatives. In 1873 he became Register of the U.S. Land Office in Lincoln. He received the Republican nomination, and in 1874, Garber became the fourth (third elected) Governor of Nebraska. He served on the University of Nebraska board of regents from 1875 to 1876.[4] After re-election and serving out his second term, Garber returned to Red Cloud.


Silas Garber died in Red Cloud, Nebraska, after a long illness. He is interred at Red Cloud Cemetery, Red Cloud, Nebraska.[5]


  1. ^ "Silas Garber". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved September 16, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Silas Garber". Find A Grave. Retrieved September 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Silas Garber". The Encyclopedia of Nebraska. Retrieved September 16, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Silas Garber". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved September 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Silas Garber". National Governors Association. Retrieved September 16, 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Wilkinson Furnas
Governor of Nebraska
1875 – 1879
Succeeded by
Albinus Nance